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. We are known for our welcoming nature and our spirited loyalty. Get past the snowy stereotype and you’ll be captivated.
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. From downtown lofts to turn-of-the-century Victorians to waterfront condominiums, our housing market is as diverse as it is affordable.
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. Rather, Buffalo-Niagara is a four-season region that features:
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.
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.
In Western New York, your family can explore nature, absorb culture and have fun at every turn. Our family-friendly destinations and attractions include:
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.
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.