Situated on the North-Eastern shore of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River sits Buffalo; New York State’s second most populous city. The seat of Erie County, Buffalo allegedly earned its nickname as “The Queen City” in the 1800s for being the largest and most prosperous city along the Great Lakes. In the present day, the city is undergoing tremendous growth and transformation. The business and residential districts are booming, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Roswell Park Cancer institute continue to develop and grow, bringing many jobs to the area.
Buffalo is a city rich with art and architecture. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is home to a world-class collection of modern art, and the Kleinhans Music Hall is the permanent residence of the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Legendary Architect Frank Lloyd-Wright has a significant portfolio of work in the area, including the Darwin Martin House Complex and the Graycliff Estate, sitting right at the shores of Lake Erie. Buffalo has also been at the forefront of some historical landmarks; The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site marks the property where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States, following the assassination of President William McKinley, on September 14th, 1901.
Home to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Sabres, Buffalo is also hot on the sports scene. Take in the games right at the team’s respective stadiums, or catch the match on the TV at one of the area’s vibrant bars. Of course, both can be done while consuming what is arguably Buffalo’s signature dish, Buffalo Chicken Wings, which were cited in National Geographic’s 2014 recognition of “The World’s Top Ten Food Cities.”
Buffalo and its surrounding suburbs are very unique in that you can be just about anywhere within thirty minutes. The beaches of Lake Erie, the mighty Niagara Gorge, the quaint ski areas and the downtown business and theatre/arts districts are all within relatively close proximity, and are all easily accessible. Pairing an abundance of culture and the allure of big-city life, it’s no wonder the New York Times cited Buffalo as one of America’s most popular choices for college graduates to live.