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Living in Buffalo, New York:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

15 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Buffalo, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 15 people living in Buffalo what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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15 comments on “Buffalo”

Winters are long and cold. The housing market is good.

Thomas, says: 2023

Buffalo, NY is known as “The City of Good Neighbors”! Located on beautiful Lake Erie with amazing 4 seasons. Check out the chicken wings, too!

Abbey Krutchick, says: 2023

The first thing anyone should know before moving to Buffalo is that the winters are cold and long. However, the city is also home to many historic buildings and entertainment venues. There are many good bars and restaurants, and breweries are especially popular. Toronto is only an hour and a half north of Buffalo, and other major cities are also nearby.

Buffalo is an incredibly friendly city, with plenty of things to do. Many would say it’s a great place to raise a family, as we have many beautiful communities and great schools. There is also a rich cultural history in Buffalo, especially our ties to art and architecture. Many opportunities exist here, for all walks of life.

Natsumi, says: 2020

Buffalo is a small city with sprawling, highly-populated suburbs which are the result of the movement of families away from the city center thanks to the greater ease of commuting afforded by advances in infrastructure and automobile technology in the middle of the 1900s. It can get quite cold in the city in winter, with temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit not at all uncommon. In contrast to the bitter weather are the warm-hearted people of the city and the hearty cuisine, both sufficient to make one who has left his or her family in Buffalo homesick and the traveler nostalgic about his time spent there.

Buffalo is known for its harsh winters, and many people wonder why we live here. We live here because of the food and the people. Beef on weck, Buffalo wings (simply called “chicken wings” here), and craft beer are among the best known offerings. However, there are also numerous gourmet options and family-owned restaurants. In the “City of Good Neighbors,” you’re likely to make a friend or two when you go out to eat.

Stephanie, says: 2020

Buffalo is considered a city of good brothers. Everyone helps each other and there always seems to be a sixth degree of separation with people. The city contains many activities that can be done with family and friends to build community. This creates memories that will always live on in the minds of those involved.

Nathan, says: 2020

Buffalo, NY remains one of the underestimated jewels of the Northeast, offering myriad cultural and recreational opportunities for the quotidian traveler. Despite its reputation as a decadent “Rust Belt” city, Buffalo has worked had to renovate its waterfront in recent years, restoring its once-decrepit waterfront district into a luxurious lakeside oasis Canalside. Tourists flock in droves to Canalside in summer for kayaking, concerts, and even zip-lining between historic grain elevators; Canalside continues to be popular in winter, including such unique festivities as ice biking, ice fishing, and “polar-bear plunges” into the near-frozen Lake Erie for charitable causes. Buffalo offers far greater recreational activities than one would realize at a cursory glance.

Ayerim, says: 2020

Someone moving to Buffalo, NY should know here, we have the best chicken wings and pizza. They should also be aware if the best hangout spots, which include but are not limited to: Lake Erie, The Albright Knox Art Gallery, and The Science Museum. We have activities for every season, depending on the weather!

In consideration of moving to Buffalo, you may include its close proximity to the Canadian border with Toronto being only two hours away. It is also very close to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is Niagara Falls. The inhabitants of Buffalo are extremely friendly and always willing to help one another especially during one of our infamous snow storms. You can be assured, however, that Buffalo’s summers are not to be missed, and Lake Erie and the Niagara River provide a wonderful day on the water.

Buffalo is a city that is known for its entertainment options, there are various events year-round. We are also known for our food, which is some of the best in the country. We may be a crowded city in certain areas, however, a short drive away will reveal beautiful parks, landscapes, and lush nature to relax in.

Buffalo, New York, is a city that is on the rise, but those moving here ought to prepare for weather extremes. Although beautiful, conditions during Buffalo winters can change quite suddenly, where one is wearing light clothing in the morning, and by afternoon must wear a heavy coat, thick boots, and be prepared to shovel some serious snow. Summers come on suddenly, but with a dragging humidity that makes the somewhat mild heat occasionally intolerable without a great number of fans and glasses of ice water. However, these extremes are offset by that Buffalo is one of the most striking and beautiful places where one can experience Autumn, including a long and lovely viewing of the changing of the leaves, brisk yet comfortable temperatures, and a near-constant scent of smoky bonfires in the air. Spring, sadly, is nearly nonexistent.

Vandana, says: 2020

Buffalo is a diverse place. Many people immigrate here from other countries including Thailand, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Thus, when coming here you might be in culture shock. I was at first, but you realize these cultures are beautiful and the root of the city’s perfection.

Buffalo is a surprising gem of a Rust Belt city, on the shores of Lake Erie. Revitalized in recent years by an influx of refugees, Buffalo has a bustling food scene. Downtown also has a newly redesigned Theater District, complete with an above-ground train that shuttles residents from downtown to the waterfront. During summer, Canalside is the place to enjoy waterfront concerts and festivals.

Kendra, says: 2020

Although Buffalo is a very beautiful city, it is important to know winters here sometimes can get really bad, if you’re visiting buffalo make sure to be ready for snowstorms and really cold winters with a lot of snow around you (which sometimes could be very exciting).

Caitlin, says: 2020

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