Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

The Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls MSA is a two country metropolitan area located in west New York. It has Buffalo, often times referred to as The Nickel City, as its anchoring city.

The population of the greater Buffalo area has been on the decline of the past several years, and one of the major reasons for this is the drop in population of Buffalo city proper. On the other hand the suburbs have kept a steady population over that time. One of the primary reasons for this is the steady flow of immigrants into the suburbs. Recently, Buffalo was ranked as one of the best places to raise a family, and this has brought many immigrant families to the area. Estimates have the foreign-born population growing at a steady pace on into the future.

Total Population: 1,135,230

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 65,042
  • Language Spoken at Home - 96,361

Quick Facts

  • The Buffalo MSA is also the second largest metropolitan area in the State of New York.

  • There has been a recent influx of Arabic immigrants, and it has been estimated that there are approximately 3,000 Arab immigrants, most of which have come since the year 2000.

  • Buffalo has the fourth largest Yemeni population in the United States.

  • European immigrants make up the largest foreign-born ethnic group in the greater Buffalo area. Over two-thirds of the immigrant population in the area are from Europe.

  • Historically the Polish have been the largest people group in Buffalo, and that holds true today. Polish immigrants make up approximately fourteen percent of the total foreign born population.


The greater Buffalo area has a predominately European immigrant population. With deep Polish, Greek, Italian, and Serbian roots, the city continues to see immigrants from those countries settle within its county lines. These immigrants have had a significant effect on the socioeconomic makeup of Buffalo and will continue to do so as more immigrants settle in the city.

There are several European ethnic enclaves located in and around the city of Buffalo, and much of the culture in the city can be traced back to its European immigrant roots. The area has also seen a significant increase in African immigrants as well. The African population has more than tripled in the past two decades, with a large influx of immigrants from Yemen totaling over 1,500 people.

People Group Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Low German, PlautdietschRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious250
GhanaianGhanaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant283
LiberianLiberiaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant322
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism383
Arab, Jordanian (Muslim)JordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam448
HungarianHungaryEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic474
Arab, Palestinian (Christian)IsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox495
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox496
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada499
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism528
BelarussianBelarusEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox599
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic653
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam665
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam812
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam947
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic987
Arab, Jordanian (Christian)JordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox1,046
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,067
Egyptian CoptEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox1,218
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity1,236
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana1,242
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam1,275
SenecaUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity1,500
Arab, YemeniYemenNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia1,681
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity1,784