Buffalo has lowest cost of living in Upstate New York.
One major cities in Upstate New York, Buffalo ranks the lowest in cost of living, according to research from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C.
According to WKBW A family of four, with two adults and two children, could maintain a "modest yet adequate" standard of living in Buffalo for $7,339 per month or $88,071 per year. For comparison, the closest city to those numbers upstate is Rochester where the same standard of living could be maintained for $7,775 per month or $93,296 per year.
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Honestly being from buffalo I do not think this is too accurate. my rent is not $799 but maybe yours is!
Here's how expensive the yearly cost of living is for a family of four in different cities across the state:
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls: $88,071
New York: $124,129