Famous for the man-made Erie Canal, Erie County is rich in local history and beauty. Situated in Eastern New York State, Erie County is home to the city of Buffalo, a hotspot for entertainment, culture and excitement. With the southern tip of the county approaching the Appalachian Mountains, Erie County has a changing and picturesque landscape. With a dozen universities and educational institutes among its borders—including the University of Buffalo—Erie puts a heavy emphasis on education and learning. Featuring professional sports teams such as the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bisons, there is a strong connection between community and school. Many educational programs throughout the county are designed to take advantage of the rich history and the prime location of Erie County. For its world class shopping, dining and playing, Erie County has become one of the finest places to live and visit in New York State.