The Hispanics in Western New York

The Community

The Hispanic population living in Western New York is an underserved minority group of approximately 75,000 residents with more than 45,000 of those residents living in the city of Buffalo. While this community brings many assets and a rich culture that values family, education, and work, the U.S. Census and various studies of the region indicate that the local Hispanic population largely lives in poverty, is educationally disadvantaged, and has a high rate of single-parent households.

A 2016 State University of New York at Buffalo study entitled The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo’s Great Opportunity states that when we achieve equity and close the gap between persons of color and whites, the region will benefit with respect to education and job readiness, income and wealth, quality of life and neighborhoods, criminal justice and safely.

As Buffalo embarks on an exciting phase of revitalization and growth, we must tap into the strengths and talents of our Hispanic and immigrant communities and continue to move Buffalo forward together.