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.
Just 20 minutes from Buffalo are the breathtaking views of the world famous Niagara Falls. With Canada being so close, Toronto brings a strong international flair to the area with its world class restaurants, theatre and entertainment.
Buffalo is also fortunate to have easy access to Fort Erie and Niagara Falls Ontario’s Clifton Hill, which lies just across the Peace Bridge. Clifton Hill is fun for all ages, with attractions like the Niagara SkyWheel helicopter rides over the falls and plenty of restaurants.
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.
Most recently, downtown has seen a significant growth in new apartments and condominium development.
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Western New York is home to 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. They include the Taste of Buffalo, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, Buffalo Brewfest, The Allentown Art Festival, Dyngus Day Buffalo and the BASH, a military fundraiser for disaster preparedness education and response in Western New York communities.
Western New York brings in top musicians, such as the Rolling Stones, and has cultural resources such as museums, art galleries, theaters and more. For information about Buffalo's attractions, visit the websites below:
- Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Niagara Wine Trail
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. Western New York is also home to the Buffalo Bisons, the triple A affiliate MLB team to the Blue Jays.
An Ideal Climate
Buffalo and Western New York have some of the best summer weather in the country, with plenty of sunshine and warm breezes to complement the many outdoor activities. We're located on two of the Great Lakes, along with the Niagara River, and have access to boating, sailing, and fishing, among other water sports.
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.