The mid-size city of Buffalo, New York is home to slightly more than 259,000 residents. Young professionals should fit right in, as they make up an above-average 18% of the community. At an average age of just over 36, the city's residents are notably younger than most cities in New York. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in Buffalo, and 59% of residents are renting. With a relatively reasonable average rent of $760 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in New York. Over the course of a year, renters in Buffalo will save around $6,200 compared to the state average.
Averaging about 23 minutes, Buffalo's commute time is shorter than the New York average of about 38 minutes. Driving is the prevailing means of commuting to work, opted for by 33% of commuters, while public transportation is used by just 5% of the population. Not many residents (2%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.
Among residents older than 25 in Buffalo, 17% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. There are three primary industries in Buffalo: healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Combined, these industries account for 19% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. Buffalo workers bring in an average annual income of nearly $49,000, about $32,000 less than those elsewhere in New York. Buffalo's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.