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Welcome to Buffalo ...

The city of Buffalo is located in Erie County<1> and is the County Seat for Erie County.

Buffalo was established in 1804.

When the people of Buffalo refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Buffalonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Buffalo has a population of 255,317 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Buffalo is 600 feet [183 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Buffalo lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Buffalo is located in the (716) area code.

Websites for Buffalo ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Buffalo had an population of 255,317 people. This is a decrease of 2.29% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 12.76% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Buffalo had a population of 261,310 people (which is 28.43% of the total population of Erie County). This makes Buffalo the county's most populous community.

The population of Buffalo represents 1.35% of the population of New York (which has 19,378,102 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 261,310 people, the population of Buffalo decreased 10.71% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 292,648 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Buffalo.

Communities Also Named Buffalo ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 57 communities that are also named Buffalo - they are located in Alabama, Alberta, Arkansas (3), Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana (3), Iowa (2), Kansas (4), Kentucky (4), Maine, Minnesota, Missouri (3), Montana, Nebraska (2), North Carolina (3), North Dakota, Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina (3), South Dakota, Tennessee (5), Texas (4), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Buffalo.

Communities near Buffalo ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Buffalo.

  • Niagara Falls
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
  • Niagara Falls
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • North Tonawanda
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Tonawanda
    • North Tonawanda is located in Niagara County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,050 people
  • Port Colborne
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
  • Depew
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
  • Tonawanda
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
  • Lancaster
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Hamburg
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
  • East Aurora
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Aurora have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Aurora
    • East Aurora is located in Erie County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,165 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Aurora <5>
  • Williamsville
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williamsville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williamsville
    • Williamsville is located in Erie County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,171 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williamsville <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Buffalo. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Buffalo.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Buffalo. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Buffalo.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Buffalo. Our list includes 260 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Buffalo.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Buffalo ...

Looking for more information about Buffalo? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Buffalo, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Buffalo.

Adding Buffalo to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Buffalo in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Buffalo was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Buffalo on a map titled Rand McNally Map of New York (1897).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Buffalo.

The official website for Buffalo:

The official website for Erie County:

The official website for State of New York:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Erie, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Buffalo refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Buffalo may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Buffalo.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Buffalo - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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