Best place to raise kids in New York: West Seneca

Nearby city: Buffalo
Population: 43,575
Median family income: $69,188
Runner-up: Lancaster

Sure the winters may get cold, but the quality of life and affordability of this middle-class suburb of Buffalo, part of the "Southtowns" that include Orchard Park and Hamburg, more than make up for it. In addition to more than a dozen parks, a soccer complex, and a nature center, it boasts the highly rated West Seneca Central School District and several parochial and private schools. For raising kids, the area lives up to the town motto, "Proud Past—Unlimited Future." Now if only they could do something about the Buffalo Bills football team ….
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