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Best Cities 2010: Buffalo, NY

City: Buffalo

State: New York

Best Cities Overall Rank: 73

About Buffalo:

Buffalo is the birthplace of windshield wipers, electric streetlights, and, of course, Buffalo wings. 

With 2,139 acres of parkland, Buffalo takes pride in its largest attraction, Niagara Falls.

It is also home to the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, a quality facility.

County: Erie

Population: 270,919

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Buffalo News 

Buffalo blogs:

Visit Buffalo Niagara

Niagara Views

Fun for Kids in Buffalo

Buffalo's Facebook page: Follow Buffalo on Facebook 

Buffalo's Twitter page: Follow Buffalo on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 39

High School graduation rate 2008: 52%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 10

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.69

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 11.9

Total Expenditures Per Student: $20,151

 

Health rank: 45

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.37

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 83

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3,716

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,371.62

Sex Offenders: 591

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 218.15

 

Economy rank: 48           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20.1 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.2

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 912.96

Median Home Sale Price: $68,900                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 2.85%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 26.2%           

 

Recreation Rank:  66

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2139           

Parkland per 100,000: 789.53

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