Just today, Bert Sperling of Bestplaces.net rated both Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY the second best cities in the United States to relocate.
This rating was based on our average cost to buy a home, average cost of living and unemployment rate, which are all below the national average.
Buffalo is an older, industrial city that has “gone through a sort of gut-wrenching transition into the 21st Century,” Sperling says. And now that it’s gotten over the bumps, it’s a great place to live.
One of the aspects the region really has in its favor is that it is affordable. The cost of living is about 14% less than the national average, and the average home price is $119,700, well below the national average of $171,700.
There are more than 20 parks in Buffalo, earning it the nickname, “City of Trees,”. We also have several sports teams including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits and Buffalo Bisons.
The city of Niagara Falls has moved from an industrial center to a more sustainable tourism-based economy, and the opening of the Conference Center Niagara Falls a few years ago now attracts more business travelers.
The unemployment rate in the region is 8.3%, below the national average. Health care and education are the fastest growing industries here.