Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
1.16M
0.0808% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Schumer
Democratic Party
US Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.6
0.246% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13.6%
0.522% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$67,638
8.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$190,900
16.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
566,425
0.0864% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY had a population of 1.16M people with a median age of 40.6 and a median household income of $67,638. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY grew from 1.16M to 1.16M, a 0.0808% increase and its median household income grew from $62,282 to $67,638, a 8.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (11.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.73%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.22%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.81%).

None of the households in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.1% of the residents in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are University at Buffalo (9,530 degrees awarded in 2022), SUNY Buffalo State University (2,064 degrees), and Bryant & Stratton College-Online (480091) (1,760 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was $190,900, and the homeownership rate was 66.2%.

Most people in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was 2 cars per household.

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY borders Batavia, NY, Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY, Olean, NY, and Rochester, NY.

About the photo: The two American falls in Niagara Falls, New York

Population & Diversity

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY is home to a population of 1.16M people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.64% of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY residents were born outside of the country (77.2k people).

In 2022, there were 6.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (877k people) in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 133k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 43.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.1%
2022 Citizenship
97.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.1% of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    877k ± 1.29k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    133k ± 1.83k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    43.4k ± 711
5.52%
Hispanic Population
64.3k people

In 2022, there were 6.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (877k people) in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 133k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 43.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.52% of the people in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are hispanic (64.3k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    505,872 ± 17,239 people
  2. China
    415,960 ± 15,668 people
  3. Jamaica
    230,433 ± 11,717 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,872 New York residents, followed by China with 415,960 and Jamaica with 230,433.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.64%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
77.2k people
6.59%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
76.6k people

As of 2022, 6.64% of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY residents (77.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was 6.59%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    21,635 ± 862
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    9,818 ± 845
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    7,574 ± 786

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY employs 566k people. The largest industries in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (94,522 people), Retail Trade (64,776 people), and Educational Services (62,919 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,167), Utilities ($78,750), and Public Administration ($71,055).

Males in New York have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $77,694. The income inequality in New York (measured using the Gini index) is 0.494, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

566k
2022 Value
± 6,065
0.0864%
1 Year growth
± 1.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY grew at a rate of 0.0864%, from 566k employees to 566k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (71,087 people), Management Occupations (57,458 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (56,606 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

566k
2022 Value
± 6,065
0.0864%
1 Year growth
± 1.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY grew at a rate of 0.0864%, from 566k employees to 566k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (94,522 people), Retail Trade (64,776 people), and Educational Services (62,919 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, though some of these residents may live in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$53,104
Median earning men ± $807
$40,180
Median earning women ± $558

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($78,400), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,184), and Manufacturing ($60,942).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($60,954), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,840), and Manufacturing ($45,861).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.74%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 9.56M people employed in New York. This represents a 2.74% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 19.7%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 11,116
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 6,761
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 5,700
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in New York went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 60.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (37.5%), followed by Other (0.813%).

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing the state of New York. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New York is currently represented by 26 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New York

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Chuck Schumer
Senator from New York3
Assumed office on January 3, 1999
Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator from New York1
Assumed office on January 26, 2009
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Hillary Clinton, who had become Secretary of State.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing New York.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New York

New York is currently represented by 26 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New York have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY awarded 22,136 degrees. The student population of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 31,214 male students and 45,394 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are White (12,672 and 64%), followed by Black or African American (2,620 and 13.2%), Asian (1,608 and 8.12%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,272 and 6.42%).

The largest universities in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY by number of degrees awarded are University at Buffalo (9,530 and 43.1%), SUNY Buffalo State University (2,064 and 9.32%), and Bryant & Stratton College-Online (480091) (1,760 and 7.95%).

The most popular majors in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are General Business Administration & Management (1,721 and 7.77%), Registered Nursing (1,004 and 4.54%), and General Psychology (826 and 3.73%).

The median tuition costs in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY are $28,690 for private four year colleges, and $7,070 and $20,985 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2022 in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 75.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 76,608 (40.7% men and 59.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 76,608 students enrolled in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, 40.7% men and 59.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 38,792 records, of which 60.3% were women and 39.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,160 degrees awarded
  2. 779 degrees awarded
  3. 578 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was General Business Administration & Management with 1,160 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,530 degrees awarded
  2. 2,064 degrees awarded
  3. 1,760 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University at Buffalo with 9,530 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 8,577 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, which is 0.633 times less than the 13,559 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 12,672 degrees mean that there were 4.84 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,620 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($28,690) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,564) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.7% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.75% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (4.04M), Bachelors Degree (3.33M), and Some college (2.79M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was $190,900 in 2022, which is 0.677 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $164,300 to $190,900, a 16.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY is 66.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY is $67,638. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was Nassau County, NY with a value of $137,709, followed by Suffolk County, NY and Putnam County, NY, with respective values of $122,498 and $120,970.

Property

$190,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$1,700
$329,530
Median Property Taxes
±$3,851

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

66.2%
Homeownership
2022
61.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.2% of the housing units in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY was Nassau County, NY with a value of $137,709, followed by Suffolk County, NY and Putnam County, NY, with respective values of $122,498 and $120,970.

The following map shows all of the counties in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$67,638
Median Household Income
± $756
498k
Number of Households
± 5,534

In 2022, the median household income of the 498k households in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY grew to $67,638 from the previous year's value of $62,282.

The following chart displays the households in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY is from New York.
0.494
2022 Wage GINI in New York
0.493
2021 Wage GINI in New York

In 2022, the income inequality in New York was 0.494 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.125% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.36%)
  3. Carpooled (7.27%)

In 2022, 76.7% of workers in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.36%) and those who carpooled to work (7.27%).

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.24% of the workforce in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (155k out of 1.14M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

97.2% of the population of Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY has health coverage, with 49.4% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.02% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in New York see 1180 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.17% decrease from the previous year (1194 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1192 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 308 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,180 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in New York

Primary care physicians in New York see an average of 1,180 patients per year. This represents a 1.17% decrease from the previous year (1,194 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.6% under 18 years, 21.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

2.78%
Uninsured
49.4%
Employer Coverage
20.7%
Medicaid
13.9%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
1.02%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY declined by 3.98% from 2.89% to 2.78%.

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