Buffalo is located 45 minutes NW of Minneapolis in Wright County, Minnesota. The population was 15,453 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wright County.
Minnesota State Highways 25 and 55 are two of the main arterial routes in the city. The school district is called Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools. It is composed of schools within the city of Buffalo and local towns of Hanover and Montrose. There are six elementary schools: Discovery Center, Northwinds Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Tatanka Elementary, Hanover Elementary, and Montrose Elementary. There is one middle school: Buffalo Community Middle School, and one high school Buffalo High School. There is also one private, catholic school; St. Francis Xavier school (K-8th grade).
Wright County was open up for settlement by white pioneers in 1855. The village of Buffalo was platted in 1856 to 1858. The town of Buffalo is actually named after the carp-like fish that were once abundant in this region. Buffalo remained a small town until the mid-19th century when it became a popular resort town for wealthy day-trippers from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. There were several resorts located around Lake Pulaski, which along with Buffalo Lake is one of the two largest lakes in Buffalo. Visitors would take a train from the Twin Cities and arrive in Buffalo only an hour later. Buffalo remained a popular resort destination from the 1890s until the 1920s. During the summer months Buffalo's population would nearly double in size with all the visiting tourists. Today, many visitors still come to Buffalo for the fishing on Lake Pulaski and Buffalo Lake, as well as for shopping in the many boutiques and antique shops. Their monthly sales attract many non-residents.