The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Buffalo, NY

The most dangerous and worst Buffalo neighborhoods are Emerson and Broadway-Fillmore for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Buffalo
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Buffalo’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Buffalo.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in New York thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Buffalo. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Buffalo neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Buffalo hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Buffalo area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although South Abbott ranks way above the rest.

We examined 50 of Buffalo’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Buffalo’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Buffalo For 2024

  1. Emerson
  2. Broadway-Fillmore
  3. Babcock
  4. Squaw Island
  5. Medical Park
  6. Genesee Moselle
  7. Mlk Park
  8. Masten Park
  9. Valley
  10. Grider

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Buffalo for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Emerson looks to be the worst neighborhood in Buffalo.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Buffalo that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Buffalo For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,108
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,128
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,057
Median Home Value: $50,600 (6th worst)
Median Income: $23,804 (worst)
More on Emerson:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 8,749
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,132
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,263
Median Home Value: $39,727 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,868 (2nd worst)
More on Broadway-Fillmore:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,029
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,201
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,448
Median Home Value: $47,550 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,532 (4th worst)
More on Babcock:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 462
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,629
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,929
Median Home Value: $75,600 (2worst)
Median Income: $28,346 (9th worst)
More on Squaw Island:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,102
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,058
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,524
Median Home Value: $31,100 (worst)
Median Income: $32,992 (16th worst)
More on Medical Park:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,764
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,952
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,298
Median Home Value: $40,050 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $27,957 (8th worst)
More on Genesee Moselle:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,942
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,354
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,891
Median Home Value: $61,480 (14th worst)
Median Income: $29,420 (13th worst)
More on Mlk Park:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,465
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,188
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,789
Median Home Value: $65,150 (15th worst)
Median Income: $24,229 (3rd worst)
More on Masten Park:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 685
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 479
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,940
Median Home Value: $44,050 (4th worst)
Median Income: $27,932 (7th worst)
More on Valley:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,495
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,529
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,325
Median Home Value: $58,000 (12th worst)
Median Income: $34,202 (19th worst)
More on Grider:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Buffalo neighborhoods in 2024

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Buffalo:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Buffalo, New York for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Buffalo.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Buffalo.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 50 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Buffalo

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Buffalo with Emerson landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Buffalo are Emerson, Broadway-Fillmore, Babcock, Squaw Island, Medical Park, Genesee Moselle, Mlk Park, Masten Park, Valley, and Grider.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Buffalo aren’t all bad. South Abbott takes the cake as the best place to live in Buffalo.

The best neighborhoods in Buffalo are South Abbott, North Park, Starin Central, Albright, and Hamlin Park.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Buffalo For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Emerson 2,108 $50,600 $23,804
2 Broadway-Fillmore 8,749 $39,727 $23,868
3 Babcock 3,029 $47,550 $24,532
4 Squaw Island 462 $75,600 $28,346
5 Medical Park 2,102 $31,100 $32,992
6 Genesee Moselle 3,764 $40,050 $27,957
7 Mlk Park 2,942 $61,480 $29,420
8 Masten Park 2,465 $65,150 $24,229
9 Valley 685 $44,050 $27,932
10 Grider 5,495 $58,000 $34,202
11 Schiller Park 10,298 $51,136 $28,852
12 Lovejoy 6,127 $57,822 $32,108
13 South Ellicott 2,376 $73,900 $33,740
14 Kingsley 2,652 $55,525 $33,976
15 Military 4,024 $98,467 $37,590
16 First Ward 1,201 $51,100 $28,750
17 Willert Park 4,582 $167,825 $25,014
18 Tifft 1,045 $57,600 $38,752
19 Kenfield 7,136 $58,729 $36,236
20 Emslie 1,521 $74,175 $32,854
21 Leroy 5,169 $110,557 $36,770
22 North Delaware 2,232 $158,943 $44,597
23 Lasalle 9,088 $91,614 $42,032
24 Black Rock 6,883 $127,562 $40,531
25 Kaisertown 5,454 $73,667 $44,263
26 Waterfront 951 $492,400 $35,846
27 Delaware Park 1,741 $227,840 $63,047
28 Triangle 3,806 $85,160 $50,160
29 Allen 3,045 $257,525 $41,923
30 Seneca 2,907 $84,680 $39,029
31 Lakeview 4,139 $195,367 $26,270
32 Riverside Park 11,251 $71,100 $28,679
33 Kensington 11,649 $74,338 $44,136
34 Grant Ferry 7,396 $167,853 $58,566
35 Park Meadow 3,361 $268,100 $72,990
36 Columbus 2,350 $271,300 $34,538
37 Cazenovia Park 5,098 $93,060 $40,789
38 Bryant 6,083 $328,200 $41,622
39 South Park 5,836 $116,900 $61,144
40 University 5,334 $120,567 $56,623
41 Abbott Mckinley 7,076 $118,271 $68,309
42 Front Park 12,235 $197,789 $41,665
43 Forest 9,331 $231,118 $61,585
44 Parkside 2,865 $250,233 $76,898
45 Delaware-West Ferry 6,397 $325,714 $60,893
46 Hamlin Park 6,045 $103,980 $46,968
47 Albright 2,729 $412,040 $68,808
48 Starin Central 5,145 $232,700 $74,251
49 North Park 12,100 $225,476 $71,004
50 South Abbott 3,476 $122,600 $80,316
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

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15 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Buffalo, NY

    1. I wouldn’t think much of this list. It lacks the real issues like violent crime. It also says 600 people live on Squaw Island.

  1. I grew up in babcock and I can tell you it isn’t glamorous but it certainly isn’t worse than the East side or west side! No one could pay me or all my bills and rent for me to live in ether of those areas! You hear about shootings all the time in those areas! The person who wrote this is shot!

  2. i find this a bit off because I reside in the valley have my entire life and with all that’s happening at Larkin, canalside, riverworks, riverfest, and new businesses along seneca street, plus lofts being built, new dinners, ppl improving their houses how do you rate this. Anywho ty cause my taxes will stay low as my neighborhood thrives. Dam stereotypes with your own personal opinion

  3. I have lived in Seneca-Babcock my entire life-56 1/2 years, and will tell you, it’s one of the closest-knitted nieghborhoods in the city of Buffalo. It’s true that we lack alot, that most nieghborhoods have, but we are on a rebound. The people are the best.

  4. This article is very concerning for many reasons, but the poor language choices and lack of understanding of Buffalo’s clearly shown historical redlining of the city are the biggest offenders.

  5. Babcock has it’s problem tell me one that doesn’t. I have a lot of great memories from the many years I spent there. And I have lived all over the world
    Try living there before you talk

  6. I’m curious as to how Squaw/unity Island managed to make this list considering that theres not one house in the entire island. How exactly did all your “science” manage to not tell you the island is a park?

  7. The Lower West Side wasn’t even mentioned in this article and that’s where MOST of the Heroin is ! Philadelphia St. , 14th St., 15th St., Normal Ave. ( Irony ! ) it’s all hell.
    AND the “Fruit Belt” / Lower Main St. wasn’t even mentioned either. Good God. Talk about derelicts. The East Side ( Fillmore / Bailey ) is only worse.

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