I don't know if anyone can anwser this question. It's all a matter of opinion, and what are you comparing it too. There are people that make a ton of money and there are some that don't make as much as they should. Thats probably the same in any city. There are great sites, restuarants, museums, shopping and more. According to the news we are one of the most affordable places to live and buy a home in the US, and that's based on Income not just the price of homes. I love living in a suburb of Buffalo. I don't know if this helps at all, but it's the way I see it.