Living in Western New York
Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State with a population of approximately 1.3 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.
Residents of Western New York can enjoy the urban lifestyle of cities such as Buffalo and Niagara Falls, combined with the small town character of communities nestled into the surrounding countryside. And just across the Peace Bridge from downtown Buffalo, Canada brings an international flair to the area, including the excitement of Toronto, a mere 90 minutes away.
Watch the 6-minute video below, produced by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau, to learn more about our city:
See also: Buffalo: America's Best Designed City
Buffalo enjoys a mixed and thriving economy with a moderate cost of living. Housing costs in Western New York are among the lowest in the Northeast with a broad selection of affordable houses, apartments and condominiums.
Downtown has seen a significant growth in new apartments and condominium development.
Western New York is home to a variety of educational institutions for students of all levels.
Like most large cities, Buffalo is home to festivals that have become part of the city's culture and tradition, including the Taste of Buffalo and the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
Year-round, residents of Western New York enjoy cultural resources such as museums, art galleries, theaters and more.
For sports fans, Western New York offers the National Football League's Buffalo Bills and the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres play in a state-of-the-art sports complex in downtown Buffalo.
An Ideal Climate
Buffalo has some of the most pleasant weather in the Northeast, with plenty of sunshine and warm breezes to complement the many outdoor activities. Lake Erie moderates the temperature, cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. The lake is responsible for the famous snowstorms that Buffalo is famous for, which fall mostly in the hills south of the city.
Western New Yorkers can take advantage of winter weather with a short drive to Holiday Valley ski resort in Ellicottville NY, which offers skiing and snowboarding.
In the Media
- Washington Post, July 2014 - In Buffalo, N.Y., a new vitality is giving the once-gritty city wings
- Toronto Star, April 2014 - Shocked and awed by the rebirth of Buffalo