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Overview of Buffalo

Buffalo's motto is "where the old meets the new," and it's easy to see why. Incorporated in 1856, Buffalo is a town with a sense for both the past and the present. Buffalo is located nearly equidistant from both Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minn., and is home to more than 14,000 people. Buffalo residents enjoy the ability to drive to either the Twin Cities or St. Cloud, all while experiencing a small-town Minnesota lifestyle.

Before European settlers arrived in the Buffalo area, Native Americans inhabited the region for more than 300 years. To this day, Buffalo is home to numerous historic earth mounds. Early European fur traders migrated out of Minneapolis in order to trade with Native Americans, but the first permanent settlement in Buffalo was that of Augustus Prime in 1855. Other settlers soon followed suit. Throughout the next century and a half, thousands of incoming residents formed Buffalo into the community that it is today. As an exurb of the Twin Cities area, Buffalo has experienced significant growth throughout the past 10 years: Between 2000 and 2010, the population increased 53 percent.

Those searching for Buffalo apartments for rent will delight in this growing small city, which values both history and progression. 

Living in Buffalo, MN

Buffalo residents, like many Minnesotans, are passionate about sports and outdoor activities.  Locals enjoy water activities on beautiful lakes Buffalo and Pulaski, as well as numerous smaller bodies of water. From ice fishing, ice skating, boating and swimming, recreational activities in Buffalo abound. Golfers test their skills on Buffalo's two public golf courses, Buffalo Heights Golf Course and Wild Marsh Golf Course, while those less inclined to compete can enjoy peaceful hikes on Buffalo's many walking trails.

Residents also enjoy a variety of shops and stores. From charming boutiques to modern shopping amenities, residents can find everything they need in this charismatic city. Don't go looking for big box retail, though; without any traditional mall space, residents enjoy relying on local businesses and charming boutiques to meet their needs.

Buffalo Work and Study

There are no major colleges or universities in Buffalo. However, Hennepin Technical College, North Hennepin Community College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College are located just 25 miles from Buffalo. St. Cloud State University, Rasmussen College - St. Cloud and Saint Cloud Technical College are located about 30 miles away in St. Cloud.

Although many residents commute to nearby cities for work, about 36 percent of residents live and work in Buffalo. As a matter of fact, the population grows 7 percent on weekdays due to people commuting in for jobs.

Rentals in Buffalo, MN and Cost of Living

Despite its distance from larger cities like Minneapolis or St. Cloud, the cost of living index in Buffalo is 111.8. This is 11.8 percent higher than the U.S. average. Those searching for Buffalo rentals should also factor in commuting costs in case they need to drive to the Twin Cities or St. Cloud areas for work. However, the median gross rent in Buffalo is only $782 per month, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Buffalo Attractions and Special Events

The Buffalo Rodeo has been running for more than 55 years, and is Minnesota's oldest rodeo. A full rodeo celebration, including dances, stock shows and hearty eats, takes place each year. The rodeo attracts guests from around the state.

Buffalo's other main event is Buffalo Days, held each June in order to celebrate the city's sense of community and heritage. The week-long celebration includes a street dance, the royal coronation of Buffalo's King and Queen, a fireworks display and more.

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