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Buffalo and the Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area is the 43rd largest United States metropolitan area with a population of 1,170,111.

Buffalo is located at the easternmost end of Lake Erie and overlooks the Niagara River and is just across the Peace Bridge from the Canadian province of Ontario.

Buffalo is a 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls, and approximately 55 percent of the U.S. population and 62 percent of Canada’s population is within a 500-mile radius of the Buffalo Niagara region.

Buffalo averages 100 flights with non-stop service to 24 cities, and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves 4.25 million passengers annually from a state-of-the-art terminal constructed in 1998.

Buffalo PhotosWestern New York has an average daytime temperature in July of 80 degrees, and Buffalo receives a higher percentage of sunshine and significantly less rain throughout the summer months than Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Atlanta.

The area enjoys an average of 85 days per year with temperatures over 75 degrees, 50 days with temperatures over 80 degrees, and only three days with temperatures over 90 degrees.

On average, Western New York has only three days per year when the temperature drops below zero. Buffalo can expect more days with temperatures over 75 degrees (85) than days with snow on the ground (76). Buffalo receives an average of 92 inches of snow per year, less than Montreal (95”) and Syracuse (109”).

Weather is one of the area’s most misunderstood assets. Buffalo’s reputation for snowfall is due in part to the result of snow received in the “snowbelt” south of the city. Nearby Ellicottville, the heart of the region’s ski country, receives an average of 180 inches of snow each winter, making it an outstanding location for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

The Niagara region is home to 15, four-year colleges and universities and 20, two-year schools, graduating more than 20,000 students annually. The region includes the largest public university in the state, the University at Buffalo, which offers more than 300 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

The Niagara region also boasts highly regarded private colleges like Niagara University, Canisius College and St. Bonaventure University.

Buffalo is home to The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, the only urban (city) hotel in the United States to receive the Top Service ranking in the 2007 Zagat Survey.

Architecture in the city was noted in The New York Times as “a textbook for a course in modern American buildings.”

Western New York has sporting seasons that include the Buffalo Bills NFL team in the fall; the Buffalo Sabres NHL team at HSBC Arena each winter; the Buffalo Bisons (Triple A affiliate of MLB’s New York Mets), who play at the finest ballpark in the minor leagues, Coca Cola Field (formerly Dunn Tire Park); and the Buffalo Bandits indoor lacrosse team.

There’s also harness racing at Buffalo Raceway, thoroughbred racing at Fort Erie Race Track across the Niagara River in Ontario, a NASCAR track at Holland International Speedway, and drag/stock car racing and cruise nights at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster.

The Niagara region is home to a number of fine golf courses, including one designed by Robert Trent Jones, the late dean of American golf course architects that is known for its outstanding design, scenic beauty and reasonable rates.

Buffalo ranks among the top 25 cities nationwide by Places Rated Almanac for the rich array of cultural activities found here, which include: a lively Theater District in the heart of downtown featuring the opulent grandeur of Shea’s Performing Arts Center and one of the country’s finest regional theaters at Studio Arena; a world-class symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall; extraordinary architecture designed by world-renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan; resurgent nightlife along Chippewa Street; American roots that run as deep as the War of 1812, the founding of the Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad; one of the world’s finest collections of modern art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and an impressive collection of regional art at the all new Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

The Olmstead Parks System was the first of its kind in the United States, a visionary attempt to create islands of tranquility amid a growing city’s tumult. Connected by a series of bucolic parkways and broad avenues lined with elegant homes, Buffalo’s parks system remains an extraordinary urban amenity.