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Overview

Introduction to Buffalo

Buffalo, New York is the state’s second largest city. Buffalo has a lot to offer as a city in the way of arts, culture, nightlife. Championship sports teams, famous art collections, and museum exhibits make it a place that is rich in culture. Buffalo’s economy was boosted by its award-winning airport. The University at Buffalo offers many degree programs and has a larger pharmacy technician training program than other universities in the area. The city is located on the Niagara River, the river that connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The area was first settled by European Americans in the late 18th century, and growth was spurred when it became the western terminus for the Erie Canal. During the 20th century, it became an industrial center until it was bypassed by the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Buffalo Culture

Buffalo’s history is richly expressed through its arts and culture. It has become a regional center for many different types of performing arts. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs in the city regularly. Dramatic presentations can be seen at the Studio Arena Theatre, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the Kavinosky Theatre, the Irish Classical Theatre, the Alleyway Theatre, and the Ujima Theatre. Dance and music organizations include the Buffalo United Artists, Pick of the Crop Dance, Amherst Saxophone Quartet, and the Buffalo Choral Arts Society. The city is home to a variety of museums and galleries, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Big Orbit Gallery, and the Pierce Arrow Museum. Festivals such as the Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival, the Hellenic Festival, and the Taste of Buffalo provide opportunities for family fun.

Buffalo Sports and Leisure

There are a number of sports teams to watch in Buffalo, such as the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, the Buffalo Bisons of Minor League Baseball’s International League, the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League, and the Buffalo Rapids of the American Basketball Association. Buffalo Raceway offers residents the opportunity to check out harness racing. Fort Erie Race track offers thoroughbred racing. And the NASCAR track at Holland International Speedway and Lancaster Motorsports Park give racing fans just what they're looking for.

Buffalo Outdoors

There’s plenty to do in the great outdoors in and around Buffalo. Great fishing can be found just minutes from the city at Lakes Erie and Ontario, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and various other lakes and streams. Lake Erie is known by many as the smallmouth bass capital of the world. Hunting is a popular sport in the area as well. Thousands of residents take to the fields and forests every year in search of game species like deer, turkey, squirrel, and rabbit. Hiking and biking opportunities are not in short supply around Buffalo. The Reinstein Woods, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and the 324-acre wildlife preserve at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center all give people a chance to experience the outdoors in all its beauty.

Buffalo at Night

Nightlife in Buffalo centers around the city’s entertainment district. The city has a reputation as an emerging national center for the performing arts, with venues like Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Studio Arena Theatre, and the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Classical music can be heard from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. HSBC Arena is host to rock and other large shows, and the University of Buffalo’s Center for the Arts hosts many different types of concerts.

People

Total Population 259,517
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 105,964
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 28.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,191
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,867
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,402

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,202
% Above Poverty Level 68.6%
% Below Poverty Level 31.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.2%
% Using Public Transportation 11.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $68,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.8%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Buffalo Almanac

Category Value
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14201, 14202, 14203, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14213, 14214, 14215, 14216, 14217, 14218, 14219, 14220, 14221, 14222, 14223, 14224, 14225, 14226, 14227, 14228, 14280
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14205, 14231, 14240
Company Zip Codes 14233, 14241, 14260, 14261, 14263, 14264, 14265, 14267, 14269, 14270, 14272, 14273, 14276
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.886
Longitude -78.878

Buffalo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BUFFALO NIAGARA INTL
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Station COLDEN 1 N
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station LOCKPORT 3 S
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Buffalo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bflo (14231)

Clarence (14221)

Eggertsville (14226)

Hiler (14223)

Snyder (14226, 14215)

Snyder Square (14226)

South Cheektowaga (14227)

Town of Tonawanda (14207, 14217, 14223)

University Buffalo (14214)

West Amherst (14228)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kenmore 15,271 $74,387
Lackawanna 18,019 $43,435

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Buffalo Public Libraries

Library
Buffalo And Erie County Public Library
1 LAFAYETTE SQUARE
Buffalo, New York
(716) 858-8900
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Buffalo Hospitals

SHEEHAN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
425 MICHIGAN AVENUE
(716) 848-2000
Emergency Service: No

KALEIDA HEALTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
100 HIGH STREET
(716) 843-7500
Emergency Service: Yes

SISTERS OF CHARITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2157 MAIN STREET
(716) 862-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
462 GRIDER STREET
(716) 898-3936
Emergency Service: Yes

MERCY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
565 ABBOTT ROAD
(716) 826-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Buffalo High Schools

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KENMORE WEST SHS
33 HIGHLAND PKY
716-874-8401
Serves 1,710 students.

BENNETT HS
2885 MAIN ST
716-838-7500
Serves 1,452 students.

HUTCHINSON CENTRAL TECH HS
256 S ELMWOOD AVE
716-851-3888
A Vocational School
Serves 1,200 students.

GROVER CLEVELAND HS
110 14TH ST
716-888-7150
A Title I School.
Serves 1,142 students.

MCKINLEY VOC HS
1500 ELMWOOD AVE
716-871-6060
A Vocational School
Serves 1,120 students.

RIVERSIDE INST OF TECH
51 ONTARIO ST
716-871-6050
Serves 1,052 students.

SOUTH PARK HS
150 SOUTHSIDE PKY
716-828-4828
Serves 1,044 students.

LAFAYETTE HS
370 LAFAYETTE AVE
716-888-7177
Serves 1,038 students.

CITY HONORS SCH-F MASTEN PK
186 E NORTH ST
716-888-7141
Serves 935 students.

BUFFALO TRADITIONAL SCHOOL
450 MASTEN AVE
716-888-7130
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 888 students.

BUFFALO ACAD - VIS & PERF ARTS
333 CLINTON ST
716-851-3868
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 801 students.

SENECA VOC HS
666 E DELAVAN AVE
716-897-8170
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 771 students.

BURGARD VOC HS
400 KENSINGTON AVE
716-838-7544
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 581 students.

LEONARDO DA VINCI HS
320 PORTER AVE
Serves 352 students.

EMERSON VOC HS
70 CHIPPEWA STREET
716-851-3018
A Vocational School
Serves 279 students.

PS 84
462 GRIDER ST
716-897-8080
Serves 146 students.

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Hotel Statler between 1900 and 1910

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Hotel Statler between 1900 and 1910

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Buffalo (from Prudential Building) between 1900 and 1906

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