The Buffalo-Niagara region, home to 1.5 million residents, is
the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded
only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of
communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly
characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an
unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.
Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle
and affordability are why Forbes magazine in 2010 rated Buffalo one
of the top
10 U.S. cities to raise a family, ranking 4th best in cost of
living, 12th in quality of public education and “best U.S.
city” for commuting. Buffalo is billed as the
“20-Minute City” for its lack of traffic delays and
blissfully brief commutes. That translates to an enhanced quality
of life for the university’s faculty, staff and students, who
enjoy stress-free travel regardless of where they’re headed
around the region.
Buffalo is also among the five most affordable housing markets
in the United States; the median price for a single-family home is
one-third lower than the national median. This and the fact that
the overall cost of living is 14 percent below the national average
are two of many factors that contribute to the region’s
increasing recognition for its quality of life. The region also
benefits greatly from the presence of its 22 public and private
colleges and universities.
The Buffalo area is rich in natural resources and beauty, and
offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational
opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo Niagara is
a four-season region that features the sunniest and driest summers
of any major city in the Northeast. Crisp, comfortable autumns
produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage, and
temperate summers are a mecca for those who like to sail, fish,
swim, run or bicycle.
For those who would rather watch and cheer, Buffalo fans have
the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres,
Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, the National Lacrosse
League’s Buffalo Bandits and the Women’s Professional
Soccer League’s Buffalo Flash.
Buffalo Niagara also is ideally located for easy access to many
of America’s greatest cities. Only an hour’s flight
time from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (from which there
are more than 100 nonstop daily flights) are New York City, Boston,
Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C.