Buffalo

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
117/265
Details
Large apartment$1200.00
Medium apartment$980.00
Rent index [score]0.71
Small apartment$810.00

Cost of Living

5
139/248
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$3.40
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$3.20
Bread$1.50
Inflation [score]0.53
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$24.00
Monthly public transport$63.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.26

Startups

4
147/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.88
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.19
Meetups groups37
Meetups members9472
Number of investors11
Number of startup events in the last 12 months358
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.42
Startup events25
Startup events [score]0.50
Startups [score]0.52
Total number of startups84

Venture Capital

3
136/207
Details
Venture capital [score]0.27

Travel Connectivity

2
211/265
Details
Airport hub24
Airport hub [score]0.18
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

2
229/254
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Buffalo
Traffic handling [score]0.81

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
133/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.60
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year4
Guns per 100 residents26
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
176/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.37
Healthcare quality [score]0.78
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
138/239
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)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
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

8
55/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.82
Cleanliness [score]0.73
Drinking water quality [score]0.86
Urban greenery [score]0.87

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
195/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.22
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

6
101/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)41.15
Internet access (download) [score]0.65
Internet access (upload) [score]0.57
Upload speed (Mbps)14.08

Leisure & Culture

4
209/264
Details
Art galleries117
Art galleries [score]0.69
Cinemas34
Cinemas [score]0.49
Comedy clubs37
Comedy clubs [score]0.77
Concert venues117
Concerts [score]0.81
Historical sites41
Historical sites [score]0.39
Museums37
Museums [score]0.48
Performing art venues142
Performing arts [score]0.57
Sport venues69
Sports [score]0.75
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.79

Tolerance

7
111/265
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]0.58

Outdoors

5
136/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.22
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 139th place of all 248 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)

$690$920
$810
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$24
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$49
Monthly public transport$63
Lunch$14
-25%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Buffalo are above average. For this job type, Buffalo ranks 71st for salaries among 265 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)

$61,075
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

9%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

234/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Theft
Very Low
3/49

Gun crimes & Ownership

26.24
Guns per 100 people
4.39
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Buffalo in position 129 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness

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    Who lives here

    • Professionals
    • Singles
    • Families with kids
    • Retirees
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    People in Buffalo

    Population of Buffalo

    559,900
    1,427 /km²
    93/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    -4%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    Buffalo

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    UX Designer
    12.50%
    Waiter
    12.50%
    Interior Designer
    12.50%
    Teacher
    12.50%
    Web Developer
    12.50%
    Software Engineer
    12.50%
    Other
    25.00%

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    LGBT rights in Buffalo

    Discrimination

    Illegal In Some Contexts

    Marriage

    Legal

    Adoption

    Legal

    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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    Good Country Index

    Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

    Overall ranking

    United States
    23rd from a total of 163 countries

    World Order

    26th

    Refugees hosted

    Refugees generated

    Charity giving

    Birth rate

    UN Treaties signed

    International Peace & Security

    66th

    Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

    International violent conflict

    Peacekeeping troops

    Arms exports

    Internet security (2014)

    Planet & Climate

    34th

    Ecological footprint

    Reforestation since 1992

    Hazardous pesticides exports

    CO2 emissions

    Ozone

    Prosperity & Equality

    46th

    Development assistance

    FDI outflows

    Fairtrade market size

    UN volunteers abroad

    Open trading

    Culture

    53rd

    Freedom of movement

    Press freedom

    Creative services exports

    UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

    Creative goods exports

    Science & Technology

    20th

    Nobel prizes

    Patents

    Journal exports

    International publications

    International Students

    Health & Wellbeing

    12th

    Pharmaceutical exports

    Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

    Food aid

    Humanitarian aid donations

    International Health Regulations Compliance

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