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Living in Western New York

Living in Western New York

Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State with a growing population of approximately 1.3 million people in the metropolitan area.

Currently undergoing a renaissance, Buffalo has everything from its many prominent cultural attractions, to its downtown cuisine and night life, to its professional sporting events. Buffalo is the place to be! Residents can enjoy this urban lifestyle in the city while also enjoying the small town character of the communities nestled into the surrounding countryside.

Buffalo is also fortunate to have easy access to Canada and the breathtaking views of the world famous Niagara Falls (only 20 minutes away). Being so close, Toronto brings a strong international flair to the area with its restaurants, theatre and entertainment suitable for all ages.


Cultural Attractions

Like most large cities, Buffalo is home to festivals that have become part of the city's culture and tradition. They include the Taste of Buffalo, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, Buffalo Brewfest, The World's Largest Disco, The Allentown Art Festival, Dyngus Day Buffalo and the BASH, a military fundraiser for disaster preparedness education and response in Western New York communities.

Western New York regularly brings in top musicians and has world class cultural resources such as museums, art galleries, theaters and many more. For information about Buffalo's attractions, visit the websites below:


Professional Sports

Most Western New Yorkers are passionate about where they come from. That spirit and sense or pride is evident in the fanbases of Buffalo's professional sports teams. Buffalo is home to the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, to the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres and the Minor League Baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, the triple A affiliate to the Blue Jays, to list a few. It is almost impossible to not become a fan here.


Affordable Housing

Buffalo enjoys a mixed and growing economy with a moderate cost of living. Housing costs in Western New York are among the lowest in the Northeast in a broad selection of categories.

Most recently, downtown has seen a significant growth in new apartments, lofts and condominiums, while, the suburbs have seen new developments continue to pop up. In Buffalo, there is a place for everyone with any style of living.


Quality Education

Western New York is home to quality educational institutions for students of all levels and ages.


An Ideal Environment

Buffalo and Western New York have some of the best summer weather in the country, with plenty of sunshine and warm breezes to complement the many outdoor activities. We're located on two of the Great Lakes, along with the Niagara River, and have access to boating, sailing, and fishing, among other water sports.

Western New Yorkers can take advantage of winter weather with a short drive to Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville NY, which offers skiing and snowboarding. Don't forget to also check out the Ice at Canalside for downtown ice skating.