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Where do Buffalo teachers live?

The Buffalo Board of Ed is expected to vote soon on whether to rescind the residency rule requiring most district employees to live in the City of Buffalo. (Those hired before the rule was imposed are exempt, as are those working in "high-need" areas such as special education.)

There's been plenty of debate on this issue the past few months.

Those who advocate keeping the residency rule argue that neighborhoods are stronger when teachers live in them.

Those who advocate repealing the residency rule argue that the district would have more job applicants to choose from if they weren't required to live in the city.

Each side has offered plenty of passion, but not much in the way of facts.

It seems that if we really want to know how any change might affect the district, it would make sense to see what the current situation is.

In other words, where do Buffalo teachers live now?

I looked at the most recent district payroll I have that lists the ZIP code for every employee. (If either the Buffalo Teachers Federation or the district would like to provide me with the most current information they have, I would be happy to post that.)

From the payroll I have, I pulled out just the teachers, school psychologists, social workers, etc. -- those people who have daily contact with students.

Here are the top 25 ZIP codes where these individuals live:

ZIP Area Teachers
14216 Parkside 419
14214 Central Park/Parkside 273
14220 South Buffalo 234
14215 Bailey/Kensington 231
14221 Williamsville 231
14222 Delaware District 183
14226 Snyder 155
14213 West Side 138
14223 Town of Tonawanda 133
14224 West Seneca 133
14217 Kenmore 119
14150 Tonawanda 115
14075 Hamburg 101
14127 Orchard Park 90
14086 Lancaster 78
14201 Lower West Side 76
14209 Main Street (North to Delavan) 75
14207 Riverside 74
14228 Amherst 66
14206 Lovejoy/Kaisertown 65
14051 East Amherst 63
14120 North Tonawanda 63
14208 Cold Spring 63
14211 Genesee Street 60
14072 Grand Island 59

- Mary Pasciak

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