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A Great Place to Live

Buffalo's rich history is fueling its promising future. The city has seen a resurgence of historic sites, from the development of Canalside in the former Erie Canal district, to the new life breathed into the elegant Statler City and the Hotel @ The Lafayette, to the creation of the truly unique Larkin Square. We are known for our welcoming nature and our spirited loyalty. Get past the snowy stereotype and you’ll be captivated.

Did you know?

The average workday commute in Buffalo is less than 20 minutes, which is the lowest out of 50 major US cities.

The History of Buffalo in 5 Minutes

Since its founding, Buffalo has been home to innovators and entrepreneurs - that legacy continues today. 43North has teamed up with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and Paget Films to tell the story of a forward-looking city with a proud past.

Buffalo. For Real.
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Gorgeous landscapes, a world-class art museum and some of America's greatest architecture. And that's just for starters.

Buffalo-Niagara: Our Hometown

Presented by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau and Paget Films. Discover masterworks by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H. H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted and vibrant neighborhoods that are rebuilding, block by block.

Affordable Living

Looking for safe, convenient, affordable neighborhoods? Western New York boasts a wealth of them. A wide range of housing options are available in urban, suburban and small-town settings. Our housing market is as diverse as it is affordable.

  • Downtown lofts
  • Convenient-to-campus apartment complexes and rental homes
  • Turn-of-the-century Victorians
  • Suburban family homes in friendly neighborhoods
  • Patio homes
  • Waterfront condominiums
  • Rural living

Forbes has ranked Buffalo as the most affordable city in America, while Sperling's Best Places counts Buffalo among the top five cities to relocate to in America. The median price for a single family home is one-third lower than the national median.

Weather: A Four-Season Region

If you’ve seen Buffalo on the Weather Channel, you might think we’re beset by blizzards much of the year. The truth is, Buffalo is not the snowiest city in the country. It’s not even the snowiest city in the state. Instead, Buffalo-Niagara is a four-season region that features:

  • The sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the Northeast
  • More days with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit than with snow on the ground
  • Crisp, comfortable autumns that produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage
  • An average winter temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit, just a few degrees shy of the national average

Although this region’s snowfall is impressive, the most severe weather typically occurs in areas south of the city, home to several ski resorts. When storms hit, we dig out with amazing efficiency. Winter weather that brings less-prepared cities to a halt doesn’t disrupt business as usual in Buffalo.

Solid Schools

Western New York is home to excellent school districts, many of which have received statewide and national recognition. There are numerous private school options, including parochial schools.

Options for residents of Buffalo include the Buffalo Public Schools, as well as a growing number of charter schools. The Buffalo district’s City Honors High School has repeatedly made Newsweek’s list of the top 10 high schools in the U.S.

Family-Friendly

Our strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability are why Forbes magazine ranks Buffalo one of the top 10 U.S. cities to raise a family. The magazine also ranks Buffalo as the "No. 1 Best City for Working Mothers."

In Western New York, your family can explore nature, absorb culture and have fun at every turn. Our family-friendly destinations and attractions include:

Getting Around the City

Buffalo’s Metro Bus provides quick, economical service throughout the city and suburbs.

The Metro Rail line connects UB’s South Campus with downtown Buffalo and the neighborhoods in between. All rides are free in downtown Buffalo.  (UB employees who are regular commuters might wish to take advantage of the NYS-Ride program that allows pre-tax dollars to be used for monthly passes.)

You can also take advantage of these other transportation options:

Forbes magazine has declared Buffalo the “best U.S. city” for commuting. Buffalo’s average commute time is only 20 minutes and is the second-shortest of the country’s 52 largest cities.

An International Border City

Many Western New Yorkers take advantage of our three international bridge crossings to visit the beaches of neighboring Fort Erie, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and cosmopolitan Toronto.

The grandeur of Niagara Falls can be enjoyed on both sides of the border. Several attractions, including the Maid of the Mist boat ride, allow visitors to get up close and personal to the Falls—not to mention a little damp—while taking in its roaring glory.

Toronto is less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo. The cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada, Toronto is also the country’s largest city, with more than 2.7 million residents.