Grand Island, New York

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Grand Island, New York

Introduction to Grand Island, New York

Grand Island benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area with. The town's population is approximately 18,621.

Grand Island History

When French explorers visited this area during the 16th century, they found that it was inhabited by Neutral Native Americans. The Seneca Indians destroyed this tribe in the mid17th century and used the land for fishing and hunting. In 1815, Grand Island was purchased by New York State along with other small islands in the Niagara River. Grand Island was formally established as a town in 1852.

Grand Island and nearby Attractions

  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Martin's Fantasy Island
  • Buckhorn Island State Park
  • Woods Creek
  • Historical Society of the Tonawandas
  • Niagara Aerospace Museum

Things To Do In Grand Island

Beaver Island State Park has a marina, swimming beach, picnic areas, nature trails and children’s playgrounds. The town also has a rifle range, archery range & trap and a skeet range. The 85-acre Martin’s Fantasy Island is a popular local amusement park. The Erie County Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, the Buffalo Zoo and the Aquarium of Niagara are all accessible from Grand Island as well.

Grand Island Transportation

Niagara Falls International Airport is nearby.

Grand Island Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Niagara County Community College, SUNY Buffalo, Villa Maria College Buffalo, Canisius College, D'Youville College and Buffalo State College.

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Grand Island Almanac

Category Value
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14072
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.01
Longitude -78.95

Grand Island Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Station LOCKPORT 3 S
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
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Grand Island Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,621 100%
Male 9,188 49.3%
Female 9,433 50.7%
Under 18 4,970 26.7%
18+ 13,651 73.3%
65+ 2,108 11.3%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 3.13
White 17,838 95.8%
African-American 308 1.7%
Asian 218 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 46 0.2%
Other 46 0.2%
Mixed Race 163 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 203 1.1%

Estimated Grand Island Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,013
Growth 392
Growth % 2.1%

Grand Island Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 19.7%
Italian 17.3%
Polish 12.9%
Irish 12.4%
English 9.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
US/American 3.6%
Hungarian 2.9%
Scottish 2.2%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
French Canadian 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Canadian 1%
European 0.9%
Swedish 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Lebanese 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
British 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Palestinian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Grand Island 18,621 $70,521
Amherst 116,510 $68,951
Buffalo 292,648 $30,614
Kenmore 16,426 $53,155
Niagara Falls 55,593 $34,377
North Tonawanda 33,262 $50,219
Tonawanda 16,136 $46,242

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Grand Island Memorial Library
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(716) 773-7124

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