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Old 08-20-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: PVB
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I spent 62 years in Buffalo and 1 in Jacksonville, Florida and here are my observations

Waterfront - both cities are located on a body of water - Buffalo's waterfront is obscured by busy highways. There has been some activity lately like Canalside, which was long overdue, but there are still those noisy access restricting highways. Jacksonville has the river with Riverwalks on both North and South banks. Jacksonville has the ocean with miles of beautiful beach.

Taxes - Buffalo has some of the highest property taxes in the nation plus NY State tax. Jacksonville has lower property taxes plus NO State Income tax. Sales tax is also lower.

Jobs - Buffalo, while improving recently, still has a dearth of jobs. Jacksonville on the other hand has plenty with many companies locating in the area.

Weather - Buffalo has 2 seasons (Winter and the 4th of July) just kidding. Buffalo has at least 6 months of cold weather and frequently more as well as abundant snowfall. Jacksonville has hot humid summers and cool (not freezing) winters.

People - IMHO people seem much friendlier here and well as more polite. Buffalo has lost more than 50% of its population since 1950. Jacksonville has quadrupled in the same period.

Shopping - Buffalo has the Galleria Mall, plus a few isolated pockets here and there in North Buffalo and some on the Elmwood strip. Jacksonville has the St Johns Town Center which is constantly expanding plus numerous shopping districts.

Airport - Buffalo has more destinations and more flights. Terminals are similar. Parking is cheaper in Jacksonville. Jacksonville's airport is located North of the city and can be a drive depending where you live.

Bridges - Buffalo has the outdated Peace Bridge whereas Jacksonville has the gorgeous Dames Point Bridge which is what I wish Buffalo had. Jacksonville has many nice bridges considering the St Johns river runs through it.

Football teams - Buffalo has its beloved Bills, Jacksonville has the Jaguars, neither has dome much lately.

thats it for now
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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NY Apples vs Florida Oranges.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:52 PM
 
Location: PVB
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NY Apples vs Florida Oranges.
Good one
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:32 PM
 
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NY Apples vs Florida Oranges.
Basically in some aspects, especially the city comparison. Given that Jacksonville is essentially Duval County and Buffalo as a city hasn't annexed any land, let alone a County in several decades is not a tit for tat comparison.

Property taxes are in reference to the rate in the Buffalo area, as the median home price in the area is below the national figure.

In terms of jobs, this article may surprise some people: David Robinson: To grow jobs, Buffalo needs to be cool - The Buffalo News

Buffalo does have another pro sports team.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I spent 62 years in Buffalo and 1 in Jacksonville, Florida and here are my observations
You missed a pretty recent thread comparing these two cities. Glad you've been enjoying your move!

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Buffalo does have another pro sports team.
Yep, and the Sabres are no slouch either. Definitely gives Buffalo a boost in the major league sports department. Of course Jax is a staple for tennis and golf enthusiasts and both the ATP and PGA Tour are headquartered here, so there's more nuance than just Big 5 sports franchises.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:30 AM
 
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Don't think I could ever life in Buffalo for 2 reasons. 1 the terribad weather 2 I just found out there's no chick-fil-a there.
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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Don't think I could ever life in Buffalo for 2 reasons. 1 the terribad weather 2 I just found out there's no chick-fil-a there.
Chick-Fil-A is coming and the winter weather is exaggerated, as long as you understand that it will snow and that there is infrastructure in place to remove it. It's official: Chick-fil-A will open in former Famous Dave's site - The Buffalo News
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Old 08-21-2017, 02:54 PM
 
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I prefer Jacksonville.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Niagara county
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Better food in the queen city
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Don't think I could ever life in Buffalo for 2 reasons. 1 the terribad weather 2 I just found out there's no chick-fil-a there.
The weather is terrible, but Chik-fil-et is not all that.
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