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"The Queen City"

Buffalo is a city in Erie County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the city was named for Buffalo Creek, which was named after an Indian who lived there. Another suggests that it derives from the French term "beau fleuve" for "beautiful river."

The latitude of Buffalo is 42.886N. The longitude is -78.878W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 600 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 285,018.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Buffalo demographic reports
Buffalo is on Lake Erie and the Niagara River.
The city boomed with completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.

In the 1860s, shipping on the Erie Canal declined greatly as railroads became the dominant means of transport. Yet the city's role as a port and processing center only increased.

President William McKinley was shot here in 1901 while visiting the Pan-American Exposition. He died eight days later. In a ceremony conducted in a house on Delaware Avenue, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th president

The local economy has suffered in recent decades with the loss of steel plants and aircraft manufacturers, and restructuring of the auto industry.

Public transportation: Metro Bus & Rail (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,701. The number of murders and homicides was 63. The violent crime rate was 12.8 per 1,000 people.
Buffalo received national attention for December 2001 storm which dumped nearly 7 feet of snow on the city in just six days
Local foods: buffalo wings, beef on weck (roast beef on salted roll)
Filming location for:
· 1980 movie, "Hide in Plain Sight"
· 1984 movie, "The Natural"
· 2003 movie, "Bruce Almighty"
· 1995 movie, "Canadian Bacon"
Well-known residents have included:
· President Millard Fillmore
· Ani DiFranco, musician
· William George Fargo, a founder of Wells Fargo, president of American Express, city mayor
· President Grover Cleveland
· Nancy Marchand, actress
· Grover Washington Jr., jazz musician
· Tim Russert, host of TV's "Meet the Press"
Local bands (past and present) have included Goo Goo Dolls
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Gloria Jean's
Local festivals include:
  • Irish Festival - Aug. 24-26, 2007
  • Dyngus Day - April 9, 2007
  • National Buffalo Wing Festival - Sept. 1-2, 2007
  • Buffalo River Fest - June 22-23, 2007
  • Friendship Festival - June 29-July 2, 2007
  • Allentown Art Festival - June 9-10, 2007
  • Infringement Festival - July 26-Aug. 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Buffalo web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Riverwalk, Ellicott Creek Park, Isle View Park, Delaware Park, Tifft Nature Preserve
Wildlife: More than 200 species of birds can be seen at the Tifft Nature preserve

Buffalo attractions: Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Sports teams: Bills (NFL), Sabres (NHL), Bisons (minor league baseball)
Historic routes: Erie Canal
(See more information on the Erie Canal)
Historic sites and museums: Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, Buffalo Museum of Science, Darwin D. Martin and Barton House, Frank Lloyd Wright homes, Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum
Colleges and universities: SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Canisius College, D'Youville College, Medaille College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 97
Surely the inhabitants of Buffalo think that Buffalo is the most beautiful city in America -- let alone the world. That's what all Americans think of their hometowns.
-- America Day by Day
Simone de Beauvoir
· "Shuffle off to Buffalo"

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Neighborhoods in Buffalo include Allentown, Black Rock-Riverside, Broadway-Fillmore, Central Park, Downtown Buffalo, Forest, Grant-Ferry, Kensington-Bailey, North Park, Parkside ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Buffalo include Allentown, Black Rock-Riverside, Broadway-Fillmore, Central Park, Downtown Buffalo, Forest, Grant-Ferry, Kensington-Bailey, North Park, Parkside ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Buffalo demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Erie County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Buffalo-Niagara Falls area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14202 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Buffalo residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Buffalo ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Buffalo was $14,991, compared with $21,587 nationally.


18% of Buffalo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Buffalo include Allentown Historic District, Delaware Avenue Historic District, Parkside East Historic District, Parkside West Historic District, West Village Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Buffalo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $364.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $824.


Libraries in Buffalo include Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, Cazenovia Branch Library, East Clinton Branch Library, East Delavan Branch Library, Fairfield Branch Library, J. P. Dudley Branch Library, James L. Crane Branch Library, Kensington Branch Library, Niagara Branch Library, North Jefferson Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Buffalo include Buffalo News

TV stations in Buffalo include WGRZ, WIVB, WKBW, WNED, WNLO, WNYO, WUTV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBFO., WNED-AM., WNED-FM.

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Erie County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Buffalo political report.

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Buffalo restaurants taking online reservations include Laughlin's Beef & Barrel ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Buffalo workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 48 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Buffalo between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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