Buffalo, NY

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Living in Buffalo

Buffalo is a large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 258,612 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.

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 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 (14.82%), sales jobs (10.45%), and food service (7.88%).

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.

The percentage of people in Buffalo who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.81% of adults in Buffalo have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Buffalo in 2010 was $22,294, 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 $89,176 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 30.94% 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 11.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Buffalo include Irish, German, Italian, Polish, and English.

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