BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New numbers from the 2018 census bureau data shows people are leaving Western New York’s two biggest cities./
This is in comparison to the 2010 numbers.
Buffalo’s population continues to shrink despite the big “resurgence” the housing market has seen.
It’s down nearly 5,000 people over the last eight years while Niagara Falls is also down about 2,000 people.
This is all happening as the first-tier suburbs are seeing growth.
The hottest cities are Clarence, Pendleton, Grand Island, Elma and Lancaster.
Amherst added more than 3,200 people and Clarence just under 2,000.
But, Howard Hanna real estate agent Tamika Collins-Murphy said it’s not necessarily that people don’t want to live in the Queen City - it’s that people don’t want to give up their homes here.
The senior population is staying put - forcing buyers to look elsewhere.