The winters can be harsh in Buffalo, but the scenic beauty and wildlife is worth living in the city. More than 90 plant species and hundreds of animals live in New York. Take the time to enjoy your new city and community.
The community of Buffalo is seeing a small decrease in overall population, according the Census Bureau figures for 2010 and 2015. The population in 2010 was 261,310 and the population estimates for 2015 was 258,071 – noting a 1.2 percent decrease. Of the 2010 figures, 50.4 percent of Buffalo residents identified as white, 38.6 percent as black or African-American, 10.5 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 3.2 percent as Asian, and 0.8 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 3.1 percent identify as two or more races.
The community of Buffalo consists of 8.6 percent of foreign born residents and 15.9 percent of the people speak a language at home other than English.
Of the population, as many as 14,588 residents are veterans. As is the case with many cities, the females outnumber the males. In the case of Buffalo, the percentage of females (52.1 percent) is higher than the national average (50.8 percent).
Buffalo receives a large amount of snowfall each year. The city sees an average of 94 inches of snowfall each year. Combine this with the average low temperatures in the teens during the winter months, and Buffalo residents have a troublesome winter. The average high temperature during the winter months is in the low 30s and really will not begin to warm up until closer to April.
During the summer months, the average high temperatures are in the mid 70s to low 80s.
Since most snowfall occurs during the months of December (27 inches) and January (25 inches), you may want to begin preparation before winter arrives. Make sure your home is insulated properly and your pipes are wrapped to protect them from freezing. Check all of your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, furnace, and backup heaters. You may want to also invest in a generator if you live in a rural area as well as rock salt to melt the ice from your porch, steps, walk, and driveway.
If your heater does stop working, call a serviceman to repair it, but stay with a nearby neighbor or relative until it is repaired. Don’t try to “wait it out” during frigid temperatures.
With more than 90 plants native to New York, you may need to borrow a guidebook to identify them all. The state is home to groundcovers, perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs, trees, vines, garden varieties, and more.
As for wildlife, Buffalo is home to mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, freshwater fish, and insects. These include black bear, bobcat, gray fox, moose, coyote, cougar, deer, woodrat, beaver, fisher, weasel, muskrat, mink, raccoon, otter, skunk, bats, geese, golden eagle, great blue heron, great horned owl, swans, osprey, grouse, and wild turkey.
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