Best Neighborhoods in Buffalo, New York

Buffalo goes by many names: "The City of Trees," "Queen City", and "The City of Good Neighbors". Buffalo is the 2nd largest city in New York and holds the county seat in Erie County. Buffalo originated around 1789 and started as a small trading town. Today, Buffalo has an economy that continues to be spurred by education and healthcare. In 2010, Forbes rated Buffalo as "The Top 10 Places to Raise a Family". Buffalo is home to the Buffalo Wing whose origination dates back to 1964.

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Average High - 77.8, Average Low - 17.8

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Crime Rate

The crime rate in Buffalo is on par with other major cities.

Top Neighborhoods

Upper West Side is a neighborhood that has been host to a number of residents new to the Buffalo area. The Upper West Side is bounded by Forest Avenue on the north and Porter Avenue on the south. Today's Upper West Side neighborhood has a diverse multicultural and international mix of residents representing many countries in the world. The Grant Ferry Commercial District is the heart of this community and there are restaurants, specialty stores, and one of a kind shops that reflects the diverse population of the community. There continues to be a great deal of interest and pride in the Upper West Side neighborhood and it continues to be in a state of revitalization to day. Lafayette High School and St. John's Grace Episcopal Church are notable landmarks in the area.

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University Heights, located in the northeast corner of Buffalo, is the home to the University of Buffalo, the largest institution of higher learning in the northeast. University Heights is bounded by LaSalle Avenue to the west and Bailey Avenue to the east. Because of the University of Buffalo's prominence in the community, the University Heights neighborhood and commercial district center on meeting the needs of the university’s student body. There are a variety of churches, stores, restaurants, bars and shops in the commercial area for the residents to take advantage of. In addition to the university campus, University Presbyterian Church is a notable landmark in the University Heights neighborhood.

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South Buffalo is a neighborhood that is considered largely working class, located in the southern region of Buffalo. South Buffalo use to be predominantly an industrialized area with many automotive parts manufacturers and machine shops. today, the South Buffalo neighborhood is much more residential with a high concentration of Irish American residents. There are both public and private schools in the area for families to choose from. There are traditionally Irish events and festivals that happen on a regular basis in the neighborhood including the Going South Irish Feis that takes place every year. And there is always a neighborhood wide celebration for St. Patrick's Day.

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Riverside is a residential neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the city of Buffalo, and as its name suggests, runs along the Niagara River. Originally, Riverside was predominantly rural; however with increased industrialization in the Buffalo area, Riverside became more residential and continues that way today. Riverside is an economically and ethnically diverse community. Riverside Park is located within the borders of the Riverside community. Riverside Park is a historic park spanning 22 acres resting on a bluff of the Niagara River. The park provides a variety of recreational activities for the residents of Riverside to take advantage of.

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North Park Buffalo is a neighborhood located close to downtown. Colvin Avenue runs through the center of the North Park Buffalo neighborhood. The residents of the North Park Buffalo community are primary Italian American, and the neighborhood is reflective of that. There are restaurants, shops, and stores that cater to the needs of the community. North Park Buffalo is a pedestrian friendly community that also has great access to public transportation. North Park Theatre and Delaware Park are within the borders of the North Park Buffalo community. There are a host of festivals and annual events held in the neighborhood that reflect its heritage and culture, namely the Italian Heritage Festival.

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East Lovejoy is a neighborhood located on the East side of the city. The East Lovejoy community has a number of businesses in the area including restaurants and shops that reflect the Italian American residents of the area. Both the Iron Island and Firefighter Museum are in the neighborhood of East Lovejoy. The neighborhood is completely surrounded by train tracks and as a result is referred to by locals as Iron Island. There are public and private schools in the area as well as churches and parks. Hennepin Park is the largest park in the area and offers not only green space but a community center for the residents of East Lovejoy to enjoy.

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