Buffalo, NY

Buffalo profile

Living in Buffalo

Buffalo is a large city located in the state of New York. With a population of 255,284 people and 143 constituent neighborhoods, Buffalo is the sixth largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Buffalo was built prior to World War II, 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 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 (13.30%), sales jobs (9.43%), and management occupations (7.84%).

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 overall education level of Buffalo is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.65% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Buffalo in 2018 was $24,400, 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 $97,600 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 30.06% 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 12.29% 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 Arabic.