Buffalo, NY

Buffalo profile

Living in Buffalo

Buffalo is a large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 278,349 people and 159 constituent neighborhoods, Buffalo is the sixth largest community in New York. Buffalo has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Buffalo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Buffalo is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Buffalo who work in office and administrative support (13.42%), sales jobs (8.98%), and management occupations (7.93%).

Buffalo is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Buffalo. This makes Buffalo a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Buffalo presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

A lot of people in Buffalo take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Buffalo, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, Buffalo is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.60% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Buffalo in 2018 was $25,654, which is low income relative to New York, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,616 for a family of four. However, Buffalo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Buffalo is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Buffalo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Buffalo residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Buffalo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.21% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Buffalo include Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Buffalo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.