You’ll get a lot for your money! The cost of living here is 4.2% less than the national average and the median home value is 40% less than that of the U.S., so you’ll get a lot of house for your money, too! The region has also bucked national housing trends - home values here have increased at a time when many parts of the country have seen significant decline.
We have top notch schools - several high schools in the region are ranked among the best 400 in the U.S. and one ranks 23rd in the nation! The region is host to more than a dozen public and private colleges and universities offering more than 400 degree programs from undergraduate degrees to doctorates!
And you won’t spend all day in your car - the average commute time to work is only 21 minutes. In addition to saving time, you’ll also save money on gas!
There is a lot to see and do in Buffalo-Niagara! You can visit world-class art museums to see works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and more! You can see touring Broadway productions and Grammy award-winning musical acts. You can learn about our past at history museums like the Erie Canal Discovery Center or visit historical sites dating back to the earliest days of Colonial America including Fort Niagara, built by the French in 1678. You can even tour a historic carousel factory at the Herschell Carrousel Museum!
You can sample award-winning wines at any of the 16 wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail. You can check out the active local music and arts scene. You can go to the Niagara Aquarium or Buffalo Zoo, see the Buffalo Philharmonic, attend free concerts at Artpark, see historic architecture including homes by Frank Lloyd Wright, take a walk through parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of New York City’s Central Park and Niagara Falls State Park), try your luck at the Seneca Niagara Casino, go shopping at the Fashion Outlets, or take part in any of the hundreds of festivals and events held each year including the Lewiston Jazz Festival, Niagara County Peach Festival, Niagara Wine & Culinary Festival, Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival, Niagara Celtic Festival, and many, many more!
When it comes to the outdoors, Buffalo-Niagara is unparalleled - home to Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world! At Niagara Falls State Park, you can stand next to the Falls at their brink or view them from below on the deck of the Maid of the Mist or the Hurricane Deck at the Cave of the Winds. You can learn about the geological history of the Falls at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center or learn about hydroelectricity at the Niagara Power Vista, which sits atop the country’s third largest hydropower plant. You can also hike along the gorge or try your luck at fishing! Niagara County is home to one of the world’s largest freshwater fisheries - some of the best bass, walleye, trout, and salmon fishing in the Great Lakes! There’s great sailing, too!
If you like sports, we have professional football, hockey, baseball, and lacrosse. If golf is your thing, you’ll find several dozen courses in the area. We have great winter sports too including cross-country and downhill skiing! It’s also a great place for snowmobiling – there are hundreds of miles of dedicated snowmobile trails across Western New York!
You can experience the grandeur of four seasons in Buffalo-Niagara from beautiful fall foliage to picturesque winters, delicate blooming springs, and gorgeous sunny summers. The Buffalo-Niagara region boasts an average of 155 days of sunny weather each year!
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“You will be surprised by this place. I guarantee it. It’s affordable and lively. There’s just a ton of stuff to do. The quality of life is great.”