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Buffalo, New York - Basic Facts

Buffalo is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Buffalo.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Erie County at latitude 42.8864 and longitude -78.8784. Erie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 600 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Buffalo (see map) encompass a land area of 40.38 sq. miles and a water area of 12.11 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Buffalo: De-ose-lole, De-o-tro-weh, Ne-o-thro-ra, New Amsterdam, Tick-e-ack-gou-ga, Tsistekeriia'kón:ke.

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Buffalo, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buffalo to the other 1,189 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 80 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 73 94th
Median Household Income # 1179 1st
Per Capita Income # 1096 8th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.

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Buffalo, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)

POPULATION

Total Population 258,748
Population in Households 249,247
Population in Familes 171,392
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,501
Population Density1 6,407
Diversity Index2 69
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 112,333
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 56,291
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 134,249 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 44,111 (32.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 68,222 (50.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 21,916 (16.3%)
Median Home Value $94,497
Average Home Value $137,670
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $30,622
Average Household Income $44,572
Per Capita Income $19,835
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.23% -0.13%
Households -0.04% -0.03%
Families -0.37% -0.24%
Median Household Income   2.98%
Per Capita Income   3.09%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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