The 10 Best Buffalo Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 20 places around Buffalo to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Buffalo suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Buffalo are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Buffalo for 2022:

  1. Hamburg
  2. Williamsville
  3. Orchard Park
  4. Kenmore
  5. East Aurora
  6. Attica
  7. Alden
  8. Depew
  9. Lewiston
  10. Lancaster

What's the best suburb of Buffalo? Hamburg ranks as the best suburb of Buffalo for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Hamburg, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Buffalo 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about New York:

The 10 Best Buffalo Suburbs To Live For 2022

Hamburg is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Buffalo area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Hamburg."

Everyone here is rich; families average $85,208 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Buffalo region. And only 1.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $184,000 each.

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Population: 9,672
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $85,208
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Hamburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hamburg, NY

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Williamsville is the second best 'burb we looked at near Buffalo for 2022.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.16% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Population: 5,194
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $75,323
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Williamsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williamsville, NY

Here in Orchard Park, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Buffalo metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Orchard Park.

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Population: 3,131
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $91,588
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Orchard Park: Real Estate | Data

Kenmore ranks as the 4th best suburb of Buffalo for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Kenmore and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 15,081
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,330
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Kenmore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenmore, NY

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Coming in as the fifth best is East Aurora.

East Aurora gets kudos for having the most expensive homes in the Buffalo area, where houses sell for an average of $250,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 6,172
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $76,393
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on East Aurora: Real Estate | Data

Attica is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.4% which is 10th best in the area.

According to online reports, Attica is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Buffalo area, meaning you need to get in soon.

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Population: 2,912
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Income: $62,335
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Attica: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Alden.

Alden schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 18.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 2,565
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $59,444
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Alden: Real Estate | Data

Depew is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.27% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

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Population: 15,069
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,740
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Depew: Real Estate | Data

Depew, NY

Is 'Everything Better In Lewiston?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

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Population: 2,582
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,781
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Lewiston, NY

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Lancaster.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

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Population: 10,087
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $54,924
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
More on Lancaster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lancaster, NY

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Buffalo for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Buffalo was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Buffalo.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 21 suburbs to evaluate around Buffalo.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Buffalo." We're lookin' at you, Hamburg. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Buffalo 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Buffalo, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Buffalo Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hamburg, NY 9,672 $85,208
2 Williamsville, NY 5,194 $75,323
3 Orchard Park, NY 3,131 $91,588
4 Kenmore, NY 15,081 $70,330
5 East Aurora, NY 6,172 $76,393
6 Attica, NY 2,912 $62,335
7 Alden, NY 2,565 $59,444
8 Depew, NY 15,069 $62,740
9 Lewiston, NY 2,582 $55,781
10 Lancaster, NY 10,087 $54,924
11 North Tonawanda, NY 30,338 $60,673
12 Silver Creek, NY 2,328 $64,500
13 Angola, NY 2,787 $64,083
14 Springville, NY 4,290 $51,551
15 Akron, NY 2,860 $52,392
16 Sloan, NY 3,547 $54,813
17 Blasdell, NY 2,659 $50,861
18 Lockport, NY 20,420 $46,706
19 Niagara Falls, NY 47,978 $41,137
20 Lackawanna, NY 17,751 $39,984
21 Youngstown, NY 64,152 $30,129

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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