BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A surge of young people are coming to or staying here in the Queen City. A New York Times article shows there is growing number of college graduates moving here. “It’s just like a random place that I chose, but I ended up falling in love with it,” said 30-year-old Jay McFadden. “You can walk or bike everywhere and there’s always something going on that’s a lot of fun,” said 27-year-old Dara Watkins.
More college graduates are choosing Buffalo as the place they’d like to live. Watkins works in the Southtowns, but lives in Elmwood Village. “When I drive home I see the skyline and it’s like I’m home,” she said.
Buffalo saw a 34% increase in college graduates, 25-34-years-old between 2000 and 2012. That’s more than places like Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. The national average is 25%, according to a City Observatory survey. “Buffalo is on a list of some sort of sexier cities,” said Dr. Daniel Hess with University at Buffalo’s Urban and Regional planning department. He studies how cities are changing. “What makes the difference in buffalo compared to other cities is great affordability.”
Hess said the cost of living here is low and housing is relatively inexpensive compared to other places. “So when you combine those two together the urban lifestyle in Buffalo is quite attractive,” said Hess.
Twenty and thirtysomething’s we talked with agree. “The cost of living down here has been pretty manageable, especially for people my age,” said 27-year-old Sean Ebert. “Cost of living was super cheap and easy to come by as far as moving to the city for the first time,” said McFadden.
Hess said Buffalo is attractive because there’s a lot going on that fits with a younger lifestyle. “There’s great amenities in Buffalo; walkable neighborhoods, Elmwood Avenue, Hertel Avenue, bars and restaurants.”
It’s the combination of factors that makes Buffalo a place people will call home. “So it doesn’t surprise me that Buffalo has grown the way it has,” said Watkins. “It makes sense considering the upswing of Buffalo especially in the past 2 or 3 years,” said McFadden.
Marti Gorman from Buffalo Citybration says they’ve worked hard to keep college students here, by engaging them in the community. So when they’re done with school, they’re not done with Buffalo.