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Buffalo, NY, City Facts and Education Info

Buffalo is the second-largest city in the state of New York and an important business and educational center. Institutions of higher learning in the Buffalo area include the State University of New York at Buffalo, D'Youville College and Medaille College. Read more here!

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Buffalo is New York State's second largest city, after New York City. As of the census of 2000, Buffalo had a total population of 292,648, which has since dipped to less than 280,000. The city anchors a metropolitan area of approximately 1.2 million situated at the tip of Lake Erie, near the Canadian border. Over 50 percent of the population is white, while 37 percent is African American, seven percent Hispanic and the rest a variety of other races. The median age is 34 years. Buffalo is known for is blue-collar sensibilities, cold winters and its Buffalo Bills football franchise, famous for advancing to -- and losing -- the Super Bowl four times in a row during the 1990s.

Buffalo offers a variety of tourist attractions, including the Buffalo Zoo, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Kleinhans Music Hall. Its downtown architecture is legendary, with the spectacular 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.

Economic and Employment Information

Buffalo's economy, once based on manufacturing, shipping and transportation, has been among the most hard-hit by the late 20th-century phenomena of a declining manufacturing sector, suburban flight and the increasing movement of Americans to warmer climes in the South and Southwest. Its population, which peaked at 580,000, has been halved during this period. However, a number of important industries remain in the area, including automobile and parts manufacturing, finance and debt collection. Important employers include Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Trico company, M&T Bank, HSBC Bank and the University at Buffalo. The city is hoping, like many other postindustrial Rust Belt metropolises, to transfer to an economy based on health care, technology and services.

Higher Education

Buffalo is home to two institutions in the New York state university system, Buffalo State College and the State University of New York at Buffalo, the latter of which boasts an excellent business college. SUNY-Buffalo is a major research center and is the SUNY system's flagship campus. 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 900 in the south of the city.

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