Buffalo, New York ranks as the second most populous city in the state, New York City being the first. After the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Buffalo grew quickly from a small trading community to the 8th largest city by 1900. It also became the largest steel-making operation in the world and the largest grain-milling center in the country. These and other major business started relocating to other states and countries. However, in the 1970s, and by the 1990s, Buffalo had lost much of its population. But today, Buffalo has shown itself to have regained and added to its populous once again. In the Buffalo, New York yellow pages, or the Buffalo, New York business directory, there is listed many attractions for everything from night clubs, to exotic restaurants, to outdoor water activities. Buffalo has over 20 parks, many of which are outdoors. Buffalo is a waterfront city, with many recreational activities on the shore. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which is home to world-class modern and contemporary artworks, and the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, which is a street festival where many sell original arts and crafts, are both large tourism attractions as well.
Located on the east side of Lake Erie, Buffalo is a city of 52.5 square miles, 11.9 of which is water, and the rest being land. The city experiences snowy winters, though compared to other regions of the state, the winters in Buffalo are fairly mild. However, snow can last from November to March, with rarely a spot of dry ground until spring. Rain is abundant, and Buffalo summers, although drier and sunnier than most cities in the Northeast, provide enough rain to keep the city green in spite of the heat. Buffalo experiences many lake cooling effects, and it rarely receives over 65% of possible sunshine between the hottest months of the year.
Job growth for the last few years had not been very positive, earning the city placement 271 out of 326 in a list concerning net job growth from 2005 to 2006. Jobs have continued to be lost over the last few years. But due to added educational positions and health programs, many jobs have been added into the economy recently, and things have started picking up again.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan