This summer in Buffalo could be one of the hottest on record. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at your disposal, you’re definitely using it a lot this summer to stay cool and refreshed during this hot and sticky season. And now that gas prices are insanely high all over the country, pool-owning Buffalonians are relieved to know that they can have a chilled-out “staycation” right in their own backyards. 

But is Buffalo, New York really the most ideal place to own a pool? Not according to LawnStarter...

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Buffalo, New York ranked the number two worst city to own a pool

The lawn care booking company LawnStarter has officially ranked Buffalo the second worst overall city to own a swimming pool in 2022. 

How did they come to this terrifying conclusion? LawnStarter dove in (get it?) to approximately 200 of the largest cities in the US, and compared them on climate, yard size, access to pool installation, and maintenance. They also checked out the average cost to own a pool in those cities, and looked at the share of homes in their real estate market to, in their words, “gauge how well the city embraces pool culture.”

Through their findings, they’ve ranked Buffalo out of 194 cities: 

  • 193rd in Overall Best Cities To Own A Pool
  • 190th in Average Minimum Pool Installation Cost
  • 183rd in Historical Average Monthly Percentage of Sunshine
  • 171st in Average Per-Visit Pool Cleaning Cost
  • 169th in Average Yard Square Footage 

When you look at this data a little more closely, it seems like this is yet another report that judges Buffalo based on our weather. In fact, three of their top 20 worst cities to own a pool are right here in Upstate New York (Syracuse came in just before Buffalo at #192, and Rochester was listed at #189). 

Now, are we going to come in as high as LawnStarter’s top-ranking city, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida? Of course not. But cut us some slack - we get just as hot and sweaty here in Buffalo as anyone in the US would get on a stifling 90-degree day - and yes, we DO love to jump in a cool pool on a hot summer day as much as everyone else. 

Worst Five Cities To Own A Pool according to LawnStarter:

  1. Cleveland, Ohio
  2. Buffalo, New York
  3. Syracuse, New York
  4. Detriot, Michigan
  5. Newark, New Jersey

Best Five Cities To Own A Pool according to LawnStarter:

  1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  2. Scottsdale, Arizona
  3. Cape Coral, Florida
  4. Plano, Texas
  5. Frisco, Texas

You can check out all of their rankings on the best and worst cities to own a pool here.

Now if you're not one of the lucky ones to own your own pool here in Buffalo, here are ten you can rent right here in Western New York to feel like you're in Ft. Lauderdale...

10 Pools You Can Actually Rent Around Western New York

There are lots of amazing pools available to rent by the hour around Western New York. Check ‘em out, and get ready to cool off.