These are the worst suburbs in Western New York. The list is based on criteria like unemployment, property values, and income levels. For reference, the national poverty rate in 2020 was 11.4 percent and the median income was $41,535, according to the U.S. Census. According to Zillow,
The typical home value of homes in the United States is $303,288.
Springville is about a 30 to 40-minute drive from Buffalo. It has a population of 4,298. The median income of its residents is $53,611 and there is a 2.4 percent unemployment rate. Springville has a poverty rate of 15.5%, which is above the national average. The median home value is $137,000.
Home to the Attica Correctional Facility, it has a population of 3,196. The median income is $60,843. Attica has a 3.9 percent unemployment rate and a poverty rate of 11.9 percent. The median home value is $104,900.
8. Silver Creek
Located south of Buffalo, Silver Creek is about a 40-minute drive from the city. It has a population of 2,426, a median income of $59,766, and an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent. The median home value is $85,600.
Moving a little closer to Buffalo, Blasdell is about 8 miles to the south of the city. Its median income is $49,310 and it has a 3.7 percent unemployment rate. The poverty rate in Blasdell is 13.3 percent. The median home value is $106,800.
Angola, which is close to the shores of Lake Erie, is a 30-minute drove from the city. It has a population of 2,373 and a poverty rate of 12.5 percent. Its median income is $53,750 and its unemployment rate is 6.6 percent. The median home value is $115,600.
The Village of Sloan, which has a population of 3,562, is located in Cheektowaga. Sloan's unemployment rate is 13.4 percent. Its unemployment rate is 7.0 percent, while its median income is $48,825. The median home value is $78,600.
Located in Niagara County, Lockport has a population of 20,490. At 6 percent, the unemployment rate in Lockport is lower than the national rate and its median income is higher than the national rate at $45,018. However, Lockport has a very high poverty rate of 16.0 percent. The median home value is $93,000.
It's located just 9 miles from Buffalo and has a population of 17,831. The median income in Lackawanna is $38,289 and there is a 5.9 percent unemployment rate. The poverty rate is an astronomical 22.6 percent. The median home value is $94,700.
2. Niagara Falls
Sometimes referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World, The Falls is home to 48,252 New Yorkers. Unfortunately, as spectacular as the falls are, the city has a sky-high poverty rate of 28.2 percent. The median income is $36,346 and the unemployment rate is 6.9 percent. The median home value is $77,400.
Youngstown has the distinction of being the worst suburb of Buffalo. Located right near the Canadian border on the shores of Lake Ontario, Youngstown has a population 2,019. It has a low poverty rate of 4.8 percent, but the median income in Youngstown is really low at $28,822 and the unemployment rate is high, as well, at 14.3 percent. The median home value is $44,800.
Based on data according to data compiled by Road Snacks.