Buffalo

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
126/263
Details
Large apartment$1171.51
Medium apartment$970.06
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$768.61

Cost of Living

5
183/261
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$3.40
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$3.00
Bread$1.70
Inflation [score]0.46
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$23.00
Monthly public transport$75.00
Movie ticket$9.80
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.98

Startups

4
153/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.89
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.19
Meetups groups32
Meetups members7731
Number of investors11
Number of startup events in the last 12 months74
Number of upcoming meetup events14
Startup climate scene [score]0.40
Startup events6
Startup events20
Startup events [score]0.30
Startups [score]0.53
Total number of startups83

Venture Capital

4
97/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.43

Travel Connectivity

1
208/260
Details
Airport hub24
Airport hub [score]0.18
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
137/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Buffalo
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

7
149/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.55
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year4
Guns per 100 residents29
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.88
Lack of guns [score]0.86
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.87

Healthcare

6
183/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.34
Healthcare quality [score]0.77
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
116/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity at Buffalo
Best university ranking275
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.12

Environmental Quality

9
29/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.96
Cleanliness [score]0.71
Drinking water quality [score]0.92
Urban greenery [score]0.88

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
191/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.26
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

5
125/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)29.96
Internet access (download) [score]0.59
Internet access (upload) [score]0.50
Upload speed (Mbps)11.43

Leisure & Culture

4
203/263
Details
Art galleries119
Art galleries [score]0.69
Cinemas38
Cinemas [score]0.49
Comedy clubs39
Comedy clubs [score]0.77
Concert venues122
Concerts [score]0.82
Historical sites41
Historical sites [score]0.41
Museums39
Museums [score]0.48
Performing art venues140
Performing arts [score]0.57
Sport venues68
Sports [score]0.75
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.78

Tolerance

7
48/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index86.72
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.60

Outdoors

5
125/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.24
Median peak in meters481.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)197.00
Water access [score]0.71
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Buffalo are in the 183rd place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$652$886
$769
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$23
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$49
Monthly public transport$75
Lunch$13
-22%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Buffalo are above average. For this job type, Buffalo ranks 73rd for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Buffalo.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$59,182
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

29.02
Guns per 100 people
4.39
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Buffalo in position 158 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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    LGBT rights in Buffalo

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    Illegal In Some Contexts

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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    54

    Climate type

    Warm Summer Continental

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in Buffalo

    The largest city in New York State's Niagara Frontier, Buffalo is a city full of surprises. Though Buffalo is sometimes the butt of jokes about chicken wings, its long-suffering sports teams, and the mountains of snow under which it is supposedly buried each winter, local residents and others who are in the know tell a different story: one of vibrant nightlife, world-class museums and cultural attractions, tight-knit neighborhoods with community spirit and a real sense of place, a winning combination of high quality of life and low cost of living – and the sunniest summers in the Northeastern United States. A great part of Buffalo's appeal to visitors is the still-palpable sense of its history as an important industrial center. Majestic historic buildings and sites around every corner tell the story of a city that was great once and has all the tools in place to be great again someday.

    Outside of Buffalo itself are a number of suburbs. Unlike the faceless cookie-cutter residential tracts surrounding other American cities, many of Buffalo's suburbs have real character — individual identities of which their residents are fiercely proud. More than that, suburbia's range of attractions, festivals and events, and other items of interest to visitors can hold its own with the urban core.

    Buffalo is New York State's second-largest city, with (as of 2010) a population of 261,310 in the city proper and 1,135,509 in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Area. Buffalo is the cultural and economic center of the Western New York region. Though for the past half-century it has been rightly considered a stagnant working-class city that has suffered from the aftereffects of deindustrialization, Buffalo's economy has turned around significantly, with an unemployment rate in April 2014 of 5.8%, running below the national rate of 5.9% and the statewide rate of 6.1% for that month. Perhaps surprisingly given its history as a center of heavy industry, Buffalo has also recently been cited as the third-cleanest city in the United States. Recently, Buffalo was named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, whose 2011 National Preservation Conference was held in Buffalo and was the largest and best-attended of these annual conferences in the history of that organization. Other titles bestowed on Buffalo in recent years include a placement among the "44 Places to Visit in 2009" by the New York Times, the "All-America City Award" for the years 1996 and 2002, and one of the 10 best cities in the U.S. to raise a family, according to a 2010 feature in Forbes magazine.

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