Buffalo, NY
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Buffalo is a large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 258,071 people and 143 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, Buffalo isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Buffalo are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Buffalo is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Buffalo who work in office and administrative support (14.24%), sales jobs (9.96%), and food service (7.78%).

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.

The citizens of Buffalo are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.57% of adults in Buffalo having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Buffalo in 2010 was $20,751, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,004 for a family of four. However, Buffalo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Buffalo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.36% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 10.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Buffalo include German, Italian, Polish, and English.

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