Buffalo, NY
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Buffalo is a large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 256,902 people and 143 constituent neighborhoods, Buffalo is the sixth largest community in New York. Buffalo has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Buffalo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Buffalo is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Buffalo who work in office and administrative support (14.63%), sales jobs (10.17%), and food service (7.58%).

Buffalo has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Buffalo has quite a high level of public transit users. Buffalo’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The overall education level of Buffalo is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.26% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Buffalo in 2010 was $21,566, 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 $86,264 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 31.22% 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 10.86% 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.