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Buffalo, Texas
Buffalo, Texas, Livestock Auction Barn
Buffalo, Texas, Livestock Auction Barn
Leon County Buffalo.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Leon
 • Total 4.73 sq mi (12.25 km2)
 • Land 4.71 sq mi (12.20 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
384 ft (117 m)
 • Total 1,856
 • Estimate 
 • Density 403.82/sq mi (155.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 430/903
FIPS code 48-11116
GNIS feature ID 1353185
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Buffalo City Hall
Davis Country Store, Buffalo, TX IMG 2300
Davis Country Store off U.S. Route 79 in Buffalo
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First Baptist Church of Buffalo

Buffalo is a city in Leon County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,856 at the 2010 census.


Buffalo is located at 31°27′41″N 96°3′47″W / 31.46139°N 96.06306°W / 31.46139; -96.06306 (31.461402, -96.063024).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), of which, 4.0 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.50%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 190
1920 510
1930 470 −7.8%
1940 737 56.8%
1950 970 31.6%
1960 1,108 14.2%
1970 1,242 12.1%
1980 1,507 21.3%
1990 1,555 3.2%
2000 1,804 16.0%
2010 1,856 2.9%
2019 (est.) 1,902 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 1,804 people in 668 households, including 474 families, in the city. The population density was 448.7 people per square mile (173.3/km2). There were 815 housing units at an average density of 202.7 per square mile (78.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.40% White, 14.80% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 11.59% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.02%.

Of the 668 households 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 25.9% of households were one person and 12.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.

The age distribution was 29.8% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% 65 or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median household income was $25,625 and the median family income was $31,058. Males had a median income of $28,807 versus $17,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,246. About 21.1% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 21.9% of those age 65 or over.


In 1993 and 1994, Buffalo (which is located approximately 110 miles southeast of Dallas) temporarily changed its name to "Blue Star, Texas" during Super Bowl weekend, to show support for the Dallas Cowboys (who faced the Buffalo Bills both years; blue is the color of the star on the Cowboys' helmet). In 1999, Buffalo again briefly changed its name, this time to "Green Star, Texas", to support the Dallas Stars as they played the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup finals. Both the Bills and the Sabres are based in Buffalo, New York.

Ironically, in 1926, when the National Football League added traveling teams to nominally represent the West (with a team nominally representing Los Angeles) and South (with a team nominally representing Louisville, Kentucky), Buffalo, New York's NFL team renamed itself the Buffalo Rangers and represented Texas in the league. Thus, for that season, a team from Buffalo, New York nominally represented Buffalo, Texas in the NFL.

Buffalo is home to Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and his family.

The oldest house, built in 1872 and home to Carmelita Pate, is still mounted.

1959 plane crash

Braniff Flight 542 crashed in Buffalo on September 29, 1959. It was en route to Dallas from Houston, and the crash resulted in the deaths of twenty-nine passengers and five crew members. The plane was an 11-day-old Lockheed L-188 Electra. The Civil Aeronautics Board blamed the crash on the "whirl-mode" prop theory.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Buffalo has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


The City of Buffalo is served by the Buffalo Independent School District.

Notable People

  • Tom Araya, lead singer and bassist of Slayer
  • Seth McKinney, former offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills
  • Steve McKinney, former offensive lineman for the Houston Texans, brother of Seth McKinney

See also

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