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-Pleasant summers
-Nearby recreation
-Arts and culture


-Some unattractive areas
-Winter snow

What Bert Has To Say About Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metro Area

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.


Quick Facts About Niagara Falls

    The unemployment rate in Niagara Falls is 8.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Niagara Falls jobs have Increased by 0.12 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Niagara Falls's cost of living is 26.30% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Niagara Falls's population is 50,214 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -9.87 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Niagara Falls is $57,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.90 percent.
    Niagara Falls public schools spend $18,166 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15 students per teacher in Niagara Falls.

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