The news is out! What we’ve known for a long time is finally becoming public knowledge. Not only is Buffalo a great city to visit, but it’s becoming a prime place to work and live in too.
As a city, Buffalo has a lot of great things going for it. Buffalo recently topped Travel and Leisure’s List of America’s Favorite Cities, was #5 on Redfin’s List of Most Walkable Mid-Sized Cities, was #10 on Smart Asset’s Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities and Forbes’ List of 10 Happiest Cities to Work.
A low cost of living.
The Buffalo-Niagara region never experienced the run up in housing prices like in other cities around the country during the housing boom. Thus we avoided the sharp drop off in home values when the bubble burst. Whether you are looking to rent an apartment or buy a home, you can get a lot of space and amenities for your money in the city and immediate suburbs of Buffalo.
Lots of education opportunities.
There are more than 20 colleges and universities in the greater WNY area. As a result, Buffalo has long been a thriving college town with more than 100,000 students studying the area each year. With options ranging from small 2 year technical schools to the powerhouse research center that is the University at Buffalo, no matter what type of program or campus life you’re looking for, Buffalo has you covered. And now, rather than fleeing after graduation, large numbers of college graduates are staying in Buffalo to start their careers.
An emerging downtown/waterfront.
It seems like over the last 3-4 years we’ve been hearing every week about a new loft conversion in downtown, businesses moving their operations back to the city, and exciting events/festivals throughout the summer. A lot of the development and excitement revolves around the new Canalside entertainment area by the waterfront and Larkinville, a redeveloped area of the city that hosts Food Truck Tuesdays and a Wednesday night concert series throughout the summer.
An excellent food scene.
Thanks in part to Buffalo’s cultural diversity, diners have the option of trying different types of cuisine each night. Puerto Rican, Thai, Burmese, Indian, and Ethiopian are just some of the ethnic options you can find in the city. Buffalo even has over 25 food trucks roaming the streets. They are out every day serving up lunch and dinners to hungry folks at office parks, concerts, festivals, and the late night scene.
Sports and entertainment.
Buffalo is famous for their sports teams that have yet to win a National Championship. But that doesn’t stop the city from coming out in swarms to support the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, and Bandits. And if sports aren’t your thing, Buffalo is home to Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Kleinhans Music Hall which each put on world class music and theatre productions throughout the year.
Sure Buffalo gets some massive snow storms, but what city in the Northeast doesn’t? Buffalo has the sunniest and driest summers of all major cities in the Northeast. Yet there is still enough rain to keep vegetation green and lush. Here in WNY you can truly experience all 4 seasons.
So if you’re looking for a new city to move to, consider placing Buffalo at the top of your list. If you have any questions about living or working in the Western New York area, let us know. We’d love to share more about our favorite city!