Buffalo, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Buffalo, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Buffalo is the 2nd largest city in New York with a population of 260,428 as of July 1, 2017. Buffalo ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Buffalo is located at latitude 42.8925 and longitude -78.8597 in Erie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Buffalo (see map below) encompass a land area of 40.38 sq. miles and a water area of 12.11 sq. miles. Erie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 600 feet.

The City of Buffalo (GNIS ID: 978764) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Buffalo population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 260,428
Daytime Population: Workers 163,958
Daytime Population: Residents 150,794
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 314,752
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.21
Population in Households 251,081
Population in Familes 172,255
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,347
Population Density2 6,449
Diversity Index3 71


Median Household Income $31,674
Average Household Income $49,698
Per Capita Income $22,153


Total Housing Units 135,177 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 43,685 (32.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 68,918 (51.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 22,574 (16.7%)
Median Home Value $76,540
Average Home Value $115,343


Total Households 112,603
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 55,910
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.05% 0.03%
Households 0.01% 0.07%
Families -0.31% -0.13%
Median Household Income   -0.25%
Per Capita Income   2.07%

Buffalo, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buffalo to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 Density # 84 93rd
Diversity Index # 75 94th
Median Household Income # 1180 1st
Per Capita Income # 1068 11th

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