Buffalo, NY Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-08
84
Buffalo's Overall Cost Of Living
0.8x
Lower Than The National Average
8 out of 340
In New York
629 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Buffalo is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Buffalo, NY?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Buffalo has an overall cost of living index of 84 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only New York, Buffalo has a cost of living index that's 0.7x lower than New York's index of 119.

The standard of living in Buffalo ranks as #629 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in New York. By definition, that implies Buffalo ranks as the #5,789 most expensive place in the Empire State.

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Buffalo Cost Of Living Vs. New York

Living Expense Buffalo New York National Average
Overall 84 119 100
Services 100 112 100
Groceries 92 110 100
Health 87 102 100
Housing 52 144 100
Transportation 96 105 100
Utilities 98 99 100
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Buffalo Cost of Living Vs. NY

Buffalo, NY Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in New York, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$101,000
Median Home Value
$801
Median Rent
$39,677
Median Income
Statistic Buffalo New York United States
Median Home Value $101,000 $325,000 $229,800
Median Rent $801 $1,315 $1,096
Median Income $39,677 $71,117 $64,994
Home Value To Income 2.5x 4.6x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.22x 0.2x

Detailed Buffalo Services Costs Vs. New York

Item Buffalo New York
Shampoo $0.95 $1.06
Movie $11.16 $10.68
Bowling $15.0 $14.67

Detailed Buffalo Groceries Costs Vs. New York

Item Buffalo New York
Ground Beef $3.89 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.23 $1.39
Milk $2.27 $2.05

Detailed Buffalo Health Costs Vs. New York

Item Buffalo New York
Haircut $17.42 $18.62
Beauty Salon $38.64 $39.05
Toothpaste $1.72 $2.34

Detailed Buffalo Transportation Costs Vs. New York

Item Buffalo New York
Potatoes $3.41 $3.29
Pizza $11.66 $10.62
Beer $9.49 $9.38
Optometrist $62.78 $108.57
Doctor $94.5 $116.17
Dentist $83.55 $99.13

Detailed Buffalo Utilities Costs Vs. New York

Item Buffalo New York
Gasoline $2.29 $2.22
Tire Balancing $42.61 $50.07
All Electricity $153.91 $167.67
Phone $189.34 $175.64

Buffalo SnackAbility

5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
4/10
Housing
6
Affordability
6
Diversity
10
Safety
3
Amenities
10
Education
7
Commute
8.5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Buffalo

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Buffalo
Cheektowaga, NY 73,457 88 1.0x
West Seneca, NY 45,272 91 1.1x
Lackawanna, NY 17,751 82 1.0x
Kenmore, NY 15,081 89 1.1x
Depew, NY 15,069 89 1.1x
Eggertsville, NY 14,806 89 1.1x
Lancaster, NY 10,087 89 1.1x
Hamburg, NY 9,672 91 1.1x
East Aurora, NY 6,172 97 1.2x
Harris Hill, NY 5,982 104 1.2x

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