There are approximately 730 registered sex offenders living in the Buffalo area, according to HomeFacts.com. Some zip codes in the area have a very high number of offenders living within them.
In case you're wondering where I got the data, I went through all of the addresses listed by hand and counted each zip code, using a spreadsheet.
These are the zip codes in Buffalo with the most registered sex offenders living in the area.
The 14211 zip code has the most registered sex offenders in Buffalo with 145 listing their home addresses in the area. Some of the well-known streets the 14211 zip includes are part of Genessee Street, Doat Street, Fillmore Avenue, Walden Avenue and East Ferry.
The other top 5 zip codes with the most sex offenders living in them are as follows:
2. 14215 with approximately 102 offenders
3. 14212 with approximately 87 offenders
4. 14206 with approximately 61 offenders
5. 14207 with approximately 53 offenders
Thanks to the federal law Megan's Law, registered sex offenders cannot remain anonymous. According to MegansLaw.com,
Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known registered sex offender who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states now have a form of Megan's Law.
I definitely think it's important for people to know if a neighbor is a registered sex offender. Also, for single parents who are dating, you can use the registry to check out a potential date before agreeing to go out with them or bringing them around your home and children. The list of registered sex offenders in Buffalo can be found here.
Here are the numbers for the rest of the zip codes in Buffalo:
Homeless - 7
14122 - 1
14201 - 19
14202 - 16
14203 - 10
14204 - 19
14205 - 1
14208 - 24
14209 - 18
14210 - 34
14213 - 29
14214 - 21
14216 - 17
14217 - 2
14218 - 1
14219 - 1
14220 - 31
14221 - 1
14222 - 15
14223 - 2
14224 - 8
14225 - 3
14231 - 1
14260 - 1
According to the Buffalo News,
Increasing numbers of communities in Western New York have all but banned sex offenders by restricting them from living near schools, parks, playgrounds and any other place where young people congregate. Buffalo has one of the stricter residency laws -- barring sex offenders from living 1,500 feet from these gathering places.