Buffalo is the second-most populous city in New York state. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of Buffalo as being around 256,480 people. Its surrounding metropolitan area has 1,135,509 people living there.
Buffalo boasts a relatively low cost of living compared to the rest of the country. For example, the average home costs less than $100,000, nearly half the price of the national average, and the median rent sits under $1,000.
Niagara Falls is in Buffalo’s backyard. The city is just 30 minutes away from the scenic waterfalls. As a result, Buffalo tends to be a home base for Niagara tourists staying stateside during their visit.