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Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metro Area
Profile: Large city complex Location: Western New York at eastern end of Lake Erie Elevation: 706 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
|Pleasant summers||Some unattractive areas|
|Nearby recreation||Winter snow|
|Arts and culture||Economy|
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New York’s second largest city is a major port and “rust belt” manufacturing center, although its industries are in various stages of decline. Heavy lake-effect snows make Buffalo one of the snowiest metropolitan areas in the country. Downtown is unremarkable but clean and improving, although there are many gritty areas around the city. But lake effects bring notably pleasant weather in spring, summer, and early fall, and there is a strong assortment of cultural amenities, historic districts, and architectural highlights with few crowds.
Buffalo has better than average shopping supported in part by Canadian citizens traveling across the border to avoid local taxes and high prices—although this comes and goes with fluctuations in the dollar. Recently, the strength in the Canadian currency has expanded this influx. A number of old-economy industries have been lost; others like auto parts maker Delphi have been struggling. Yet, community spirit and strong state economic development programs have brought in some newer-economy businesses, notably biotech and medical technology companies.
The strong community feel spreads into the suburbs, and some, particularly north and east towards Amherst, offer excellent values. The city is fanatical about major-league sports, with the Buffalo Bills, Sabres, and a few minor-league teams as focal points. Niagara Falls is a special attraction, and there is a large wine-growing area to the east and another to the west. For a real cosmopolitan getaway, Toronto is 100 miles away.
Buffalo is located on the coastal plain of Lake Erie, where the Niagara River connects north to Lake Ontario. The climate is continental with a definite Great-Lakes marine effect. The reputation for bad weather comes from heavy localized lake-effect snows, but summers are among the sunniest, driest, and most pleasant in the Northeast. Winters are generally cloudy, cold, snowy, and changeable with frequent thaws and rain. Snow covers the ground more often than not from Christmas into early March. Lake-effect snows taper off when the lake freezes in January. The lakes modify extreme cold, minimizing below-zero temperatures. Because of the water, Buffalo warms more slowly in the spring, but the lake also inhibits spring and early summer thunderstorms. Temperatures seldom reach 90 degrees. First freeze is late September, last is May, but inland conditions are more extreme.
Interesting Facts about Collins, New York
As of 2014, Collins's population is 6,711 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -19.47 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Collins is $86,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.90 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Collins's cost of living is 20.00% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Collins public schools spend $19,723 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.4 students per teacher in Collins.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Collins is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Collins jobs have Increased by 0.12 percent.
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Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Collins's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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• Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
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• Homes under $250,000
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