As someone currently living in Southern California (not a SoCal native, just been here four years -- long enough to see house prices go from crazy to completely absurd), I've been searching for a more economical place to live... and one of the places I've been thinking about is Buffalo. I know -- the weather is very different -- but I've always lived in cold climates until the last few years, so the snow doesn't scare me! What draws me to Buffalo is the friendliness of the people I've met from there, the reasonable costs, and the fact that the city seems very sports-minded. I know there's a good contingent from Buffalo on here, so I thought I'd ask a few questions if nobody minds....
1) People -- what are the people like in Buffalo -- the people I have met have always seemed very friendly to me. I'm a nearly 30-year-old single male... will I find other people in a similar situation as me -- in other words, late 20s/early 30s people, particularly at least some single people? As far as my personality type.. I'm a big sports fan, enjoy going out to restaurants/bars (not clubs though -- I'd far rather grab a beer and watch a hockey game), pretty casual, not into trends or anything like that.
2) Jobs -- What is the job market like? My background is in journalism/public relations/media/marketing fields... is there much for jobs in those fields? Also, how "formal" are the workplaces? Are they still suit and tie, or are they more casual?
3) Housing -- what is the housing market like? Can you still get a condo or townhome in the $200,000 or under range (there isn't a chance in SoCal)... is there a reasonable amount of new construction? What areas do you recommend? I generally prefer new housing, as since I have a lot of allergies, it tends to create less issues.