- According to City Observatory, from 2000-2012, the Buffalo metro area saw a 34% increase in the number of 25-34 year-olds with a college degree.
- According to the same source, 42.1% of the 25-34 year-olds in the Buffalo metro area have at least a 4-year degree. For some perspective, Chicago finds itself at 41.5%, Austin 40.8%, Seattle 39.4%, Denver 38.9%, Portland 37.1%, and Rochester 36.7%.
- Per the Democrat & Chronicle, 18 new independently owned restaurants have opened in and around downtown Buffalo in the past 7 months
- New York State recently committed $1 billion to Buffalo (a sore spot among Rochesterians, I know.) Per The Buffalo News, as of February, $853.9 million had been allocated, generating $5.37 billion in private investment and an expected 4,550 jobs
- The 2013 population estimate for Erie County, NY of 919,866 is higher than the 919,040 noted in the 2010 Census.
- The Buffalo Bills...maybe we'll skip that one for now
Could it be (say it ain't so) that proximity to Buffalo is an asset?
If you have 12 minutes to spare, this video on the new Buffalo is a must watch: