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.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Buffalo for 2023? 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 2023
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 2023
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 2023. 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.
As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Buffalo aren’t all bad. South Abbott takes the cake as the best place to live in Buffalo.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Buffalo For 2023?
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