Buffalo, MN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Buffalo, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Buffalo had a population of 16,351 as of July 1, 2017. Buffalo ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Buffalo is located at latitude 45.1788 and longitude -93.8652 in Wright County. The formal boundaries for the City of Buffalo (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.28 sq. miles and a water area of 2.48 sq. miles. Wright County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 925 feet.

The City of Buffalo (GNIS ID: 2393453) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Buffalo population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Buffalo, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 16,351
Daytime Population: Workers 9,310
Daytime Population: Residents 8,174
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,484
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.07
Population in Households 16,079
Population in Familes 13,437
Population in Group Qrtrs 272
Population Density2 2,247
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $66,547
Average Household Income $79,569
Per Capita Income $29,833


Total Housing Units 6,343 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,397 (69.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,632 (25.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 314 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $198,188
Average Home Value $235,541


Total Households 6,029
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 4,220
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.78% 0.87%
Households 0.78% 0.85%
Families 0.84% 0.78%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   2.26%

Buffalo, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buffalo to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 68 93rd
Population Density # 56 94th
Diversity Index # 348 62nd
Median Household Income # 185 80th
Per Capita Income # 372 59th

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