Cheektowaga is Officially the Most Livable Small City in America

Photo Courtesy of Devonte Davis of “Buffalo Living!” on Youtube

Small towns and cities seem to be making a comeback against their big-city competition, with suburbs rising in preference and popularity yet again. Maybe it’s their community environments with city-like attractions and abundance of outdoor spaces that puts them in high demand.

While Buffalo has made its fair share of lists in its day, this time our national spotlight is on the one and only Cheektowaga – which has officially been named the ‘Most Livable City in America’.

Most WNYers think of Cheektowaga as a good spot for shopping at the Walden Galleria or grabbing food from the infamous Chick-Fil-A, but according to this website, it is also a great place to live.


Smart Asset, citing a 2018 Gallup report, found that ” four in 10 Americans would choose to live in a town, a small city or a suburb of a small city as opposed to big cities and rural areas.” This partly explains why Cheektowaga ranks in the top 20% of the study. But what were the other reasons?

The ranking was based on the following qualities:

  • Concentration of entertainment establishments, restaurants, and bars
  • Income
  • Home affordability/Housing costs
  • Healthcare establishments
  • Percentage of residents below the poverty line
  • Percentage of residents without health insurance
  • Commute time

Thanks to Cheektowaga’s unique atmosphere and resident population, the small city ranks 11th out of 287 in home affordability,  31st highest concentration of bars as a percentage of all establishments, and the 33rd lowest percentage in the study of residents without health insurance. Which apparently also makes it one of the best places to live.

Wanna know more about what makes Cheektowaga great? Check out this video 92.9 Jack FM shared:

Read more about this livable small city here

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