Buffalo, The Beautiful

A crowd walks along Buffalo's waterfront, among tents of vendors and old ships on the lake.

UB is located in the Buffalo-Niagara region, a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities. In an international-border city, located on Lake Erie, UB is just minutes from Niagara Falls and is also close to several other major metropolitan cities.

A great place to live ...

Looking for safe, convenient, affordable neighborhoods? Our region is among the five most affordable housing markets in the U.S. and the median price for a single family home is one-third lower than the national median.

A Top-Ranked City

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.

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Our memories, our stories, are powerful and timeless and alive! And they're here for you to discover. Look around. Listen. There is beauty and joy and meaning everywhere, you just have to look in the right places. And Buffalo is one of the right places.

"This was a divine spot. It was not only built for a place of worship. It was a refuge. It was a place where people, that were running, fleeing, trying to escape and seek freedom into Canada."

It's been home to change-makers, dreamers, soldiers, teachers, musicians, and to everyday heroes who have joined the giants of history to build a nation.

In Buffalo, it's easy to take a step back in time to the places where American legends played late into a thousand starry nights. And it's easy to see the future as new generations learn their stories and realize their strength. It's a place where there's always room at the table. And where old traditions live right next to new ones. It's a community that lifts up every voice to sing, as we honor the past, celebrate today and look forward to tomorrow. It's a place with soul. And you're invited to make it part of yours.

"It's been home to change-makers, dreamers, soldiers, teachers, musicians and everyday heroes ... It's a place with soul, and you're invited to make it part of yours."

... and family friendly too!

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

Raise a Family Here

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."

Experience all four seasons ...

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.


Purple and yellow flowers bloom in focus with a building and blue sky behind it.

More days with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit than with snow on the ground.


Two people dancing outside under a bright sun.

The sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the Northeast.


A building sits in the background of a fall foliage scenery with green grass and red and orange trees.

Crisp, comfortable autumns that produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage.


Snow falls in the air and sits on the pine needles and pine cones of a tree.

An average winter temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit, just a few degrees shy of the national average.

... with our endless outdoor recreation options.

Spring, summer and fall offer mild weather, perfect for outdoor activities like:

  • Boating and fishing. Located on Lake Erie at the beginning of the Niagara River, Buffalo is a mecca for anglers and boaters.
  • Canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
  • Golfing. Tee up at top-rated courses in the U.S. and just across the border.
  • Walking, running, hiking and biking. Get fit and enjoy the scenery in historic city parks, on multipurpose suburban paths and at the dazzling Niagara Gorge. Many state and provincial parks are within a short drive.
  • Camping. Pitch your tent at any number of private, public or state-run campsites.

In the winter months, get out and enjoy:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding. Discover some of the Northeast’s best slopes, including Kissing Bridge and Holiday ValleyUB’s Schussmeisters club offers discounted skiing at area resorts.
  • Cross-country skiing. A vast park system offers miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing.
  • Tubing. Experience fast-paced fun at several dedicated tubing runs.
  • Sledding and tobogganing. Great sledding is everywhere, including Chestnut Ridge, one of the only U.S. parks with toboggan chutes.
  • Snowmobiling. You'll find a number of well-maintained trails around the region.