Introduction to Lackawanna, New York

Lackawanna, New York, in Erie county, is 5 miles SE of Buffalo, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Buffalo - Niagara Falls metropolitan area with.

Lackawanna History

This area was originally a part of the Buffalo Creek Reservation and not was open to settlement. However, Seneca Indians sold the land in 1842. The Town of Seneca was formed in 1851, and was renamed West Seneca in 1852. In 1909, the present day city of Lackawanna separated from West Seneca to form an independent city. Its name is derived from the Lackawanna River.

Lackawanna and nearby Attractions

  • Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica
  • Steel Plant Museum
  • South Park Golf Course and Pond
  • Ron Jaworski Stadium
  • Jeffrey Taggart Memorial Park
  • Okell Playground

Things To Do In Lackawanna

The City of Lackawanna is home to Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica. The monument is exquisitely decorated with beautiful sights and symbols of religious significance. Its Great Dome is a magnificent piece of art depicting an angelic host carrying Mary towards heaven to meet the Holy Trinity. Lackawanna’s beaches are popular recreation areas and have facilities for a host of activities.

Lackawanna Transportation

Buffalo Niagara International is the nearest major airport.

Lackawanna Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at SUNY at Buffalo, Erie Community College, D'youville College and Canisius College


Total Population 18,019
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,564
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 34.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,435
% Above Poverty Level 75.6%
% Below Poverty Level 24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 37.4%
Median Gross Rent $594
Median House Value $82,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 17%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lackawanna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14218
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.825
Longitude -78.823

Lackawanna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.7 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 COLDEN 1 N
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station WALES
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 33 to 53 F
Jul Temp 57 to 77 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blasdell 2,579 $61,016
Buffalo 259,517 $39,202

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lackawanna Public Libraries

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(716) 823-0630

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