About the City of Buffalo

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Learn about all the great things the city of Buffalo has to offer!

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Central Location

For those who like to travel, Buffalo offers a tremendous opportunity to see many of the Northeast regions great cities. Major cities such as New York City, Toronto, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Boston are just a daytrip away.

For those who want to travel further, the Buffalo International Airport offers over 100 nonstop flights daily, serving over 30 destinations.

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Buffalo Rising

Looking for updates on the current events and happenings around the city? Look no further than Buffalo Rising! Founded in 2004, Buffalo Rising has consistently been one of the areas most read publications since its inception. Buffalo Rising is a great resource to keep you updated on all things Buffalo! The video to the right is a great showcase of what they do to highlight the great city of Buffalo.

Weather: More Than Just Snow

If you’ve seen Buffalo on the Weather Channel, you might think we’re beset by blizzards much of the year. The truth is, Buffalo is not the snowiest city in the country. It’s not even the snowiest city in the state. Instead, Buffalo Niagara is a four-season region that features:
  • The sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the Northeast
  • More days with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit than with snow on the ground
  • Crisp, comfortable autumns that produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage
  • An average winter temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit, just a few degrees shy of the national average

Check out Buffalo Rising's video above showcasing Buffalo through the seasons!

Affordable Living

Looking for safe, convenient, affordable neighborhoods? Western New York boasts a wealth of them. Buffalo is among the 10 most affordable cities in the United States to buy a home!

A wide range of housing options are available in urban, suburban and small-town settings. Our housing market is as diverse as it is affordable, with Downtown Lofts, Convenient-to-Campus Apartment Complexes, and Waterfront Condos, amongst many other options.

No matter your style or budget, Buffalo has a home for you.

* image of the interior of a downtown Buffalo apartment.

Image Courtesy Buffalo Rising

Did You Know?

In Western New York, you can enjoy the perks of city living without the hefty price tag. Our cost of living is 20% lower than the national average.

Below are rankings of the best school districts and best places to live in the Buffalo area according to niche.com. Niche.com uses real resident reviews to rank schools, neighborhoods, and more. Check them out below!

Things to Do

In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something fun to do, whether it’s taking a leisurely walk in one of our glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a thought-provoking work of art at one of dozens of galleries. Check out some more information about what activities Buffalo offers below.

A Family Friendly Community

"The City of Good Neighbors," one of Buffalo's many nicknames, isn't just talk. Often listed near the top of the friendliest U.S. cities, Buffalo is notorious for welcoming newcomers with open arms, making it feel like home immediately. A strong sense of community, friendship, and charity makes Buffalo what it is. This all combines to give the city of Buffalo a small town feel, all while still boasting the history, activities, and population of a major city.

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Image Courtesy Buffalo Rising

Great Schools

Western New York is home to excellent school districts, many of which have received statewide and national recognition. There are numerous private school options, including parochial schools. Options for residents of Buffalo include the Buffalo Public Schools, as well as a growing number of charter schools. The Buffalo district’s City Honors High School has repeatedly made Newsweek’s list of the top 10 high schools in the U.S.

Family Fun!

Family fun at every turn! In Western New York, your family can explore nature, absorb culture and have fun at every turn.

Expand the section below to take a look at some of our family-friendly destinations and attractions:

A Well Planned City

Forbes magazine declared Buffalo the “best U.S. city” for commuting.

In fact, Buffalo’s average commute time—it has been clocked at 20 minutes—is the second-shortest of the country’s 52 largest cities.

That translates to an enhanced quality of life for our faculty, staff and students, who enjoy stress-free travel regardless of where they’re headed around the region.

Buffalo Metro Rail; Image Courtesy David Wilson

Buffalo’s Metro Bus provides quick, economical service throughout the city and suburbs.

The Metro Rail line connects UB’s South Campus with downtown Buffalo, including UB’s Downtown Campus, and the neighborhoods in between. Rides above ground are free in downtown Buffalo. UB employees who are regular commuters might wish to take advantage of the NYS-Ride program that allows pre-tax dollars to be used for monthly passes.

An International Border City

Many Western New Yorkers take advantage of our three international bridge crossings to visit the beaches of neighboring Fort Erie, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and cosmopolitan Toronto.

The grandeur of Niagara Falls can be enjoyed on both sides of the border. Several attractions, including the Maid of the Mist boat ride, allow visitors to get up close and personal to the Falls—not to mention a little damp—while taking in its roaring glory.

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Niagara Falls; Image Courtesy Buffalo Rising

Toronto is less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo. The cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada, Toronto is also the country’s largest city, with more than 2.7 million residents.