When Buffalo, NY comes to mind, most people associate the city with horrifying winter snow, a challenged economy, comedic professional sports teams, and a lack of fun activities. Although some of this may appear to be true, in reality, there are two sides of the coin.
Like most post college graduates, I moved away from the area in pursuit of better employment opportunities. In my 10 year hiatus from WNY, I developed a greater appreciation for Buffalo. Here, it’s all about the people. The Buffalo community is comprised of caring individuals who conduct random acts of kindness for total strangers and offer support for so many causes and organizations.
So simplistic, yet such a rarity across the world.
I guess this is why we’re referred to as the City of Good Neighbors. In recent years, more and more people are moving to Buffalo. When asked their opinion, the response is usually the same- the city grows on you in a very short period of time and it’s hard not to love.
Employment Rate: Buffalo’s unemployment rate is 5.3%, matching the national average.
The Economy: There has been a tremendous amount of development down on the waterfront with Canalside, The Larkin District, and commerce. Buffalo’s financial stability has increased with the construction of new hotels, building and city renovations, Yahoo’s presence and the recent development of Solar City.
Education:There are 15 nationally renowned educational institutions including a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.
Cost of Living: Our region is among the five most affordable housing markets in the US. There’s a range of housing options from quaint little towns to the hustle and bustle of city living.
Downtown Activities: In the past people traditionally came downtown for only a few things…dining, a sporting event/concert, or the local bar scene. Now people visit downtown to shop, check out a new restaurant, or join the many family oriented opportunities, in addition to the traditional activities. With so many parks in the area, there are free concerts daily in the summer, exercise classes, or the option for a quiet stroll in the park.
Additional Activities: Whether your interest includes skiing, boating, biking, or hiking, WNY has everything to offer within a reasonable drive.
Buffalo Sports: We’ve all heard the jokes over the years about our inability to win a championship in both hockey and football, but it’s always a fun time! The Sabres and Bills are both under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula, so there is a lot of focus on both teams with a ton of excitement. We have two young teams with exceptional talent, go Buffalo!
I’m not only proud to be a Buffalonian, but also that I have never experienced any regrets about relocating to Buffalo. Buffalo has a great deal to offer and I am really excited about what the future has in store for the Nickel City.