Buffalo, NY, City Facts and Education Info

Oct 28, 2022

Information about Buffalo, NY

In 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Buffalo's population at 276,807. The city anchors a metropolitan area of approximately 1.1 million situated at the tip of Lake Erie, near the Canadian border. Over 47 percent of the population identified as white in 2021, while nearly 36 percent was African American, approximately 12.2 percent Hispanic and the rest a variety of other races. Buffalo is known for its blue-collar sensibilities, cold winters and its Buffalo Bills football franchise.

Buffalo offers a variety of tourist attractions, including the Buffalo Zoo, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Kleinhans Music Hall. Its downtown architecture includes the Art Deco masterpiece of Buffalo City Hall towering over the lakefront and the Guaranty Building, designed by 19th-century architect Louis Sullivan as one of the world's first skyscrapers, standing only a few blocks away. A complex system of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted winds through the city, the country's oldest such system. Niagara Falls and the Canadian border are both only an hour's drive from downtown Buffalo.

Higher Education

Buffalo is home to two institutions in the New York state university system, the University at Buffalo - SUNY and SUNY Buffalo State. U.S. News & World Report recognized the University at Buffalo as the 89th best national university (tie) and the 38th best public national university (tie) in the country in 2022. Additionally, the university's graduate programs in education and engineering ranked among the nation's top 62 (tie). SUNY Buffalo State also earned accolades from U.S. News & World Report, with a ranking as the 113th best regional public school in the north (tie).

The city also is home to D'Youville College, Canisius College and Medaille College, all private, four-year institutions with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students. An Erie Community College campus is located in Buffalo's downtown area, and Trocaire College, a private vocational school for health care, enrolls about 1,300 students in the south of the city.

Economic and Employment

Per June 2022 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Buffalo area's trade, transportation, and utilities sector held 101,000 jobs. Education and health services had 92,200 jobs, while government held 84,100 jobs.

Top employers, as of 2015, included Roswell Park Cancer Institute, M&T Bank, Buffalo General Hospital, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York.

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