Introduction to Lancaster, New York

Lancaster, New York, in Erie county, is 4 miles E of Cheektowaga, New York (center to center) and 10 miles E of Buffalo, New York. The village is included in the Buffalo - Niagara Falls metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 11,188 people lived in Lancaster.

Lancaster History

The village of Lancaster, which is located in Erie County, New York, was incorporated in 1849 from a portion of the town of Lancaster. It was actually created out of the town of Clarence, New York in 1833. Formerly known as Cayuga Creek, it was renamed Lancaster after a similar town in Massachusetts. The village of Lancaster has preserved its rich historic integrity through preservation and maintenance of heritage buildings with significant architectural value.

Lancaster and Nearby Attractions

  • Lancaster Historical Society Museum
  • Lancaster Opera House
  • Como Lake Park
  • Aquarium of Niagara
  • Darwin Martin House State Historic Site

Things To Do In Lancaster

Nearby museums, including Lancaster Historical Society Museum, Bennington Historical Society Museum, and Niagara Gorge Discovery Center have antiquities on display. Martin's Fantasy Island has provisions for a range of recreational activities, including various types of roller coaster rides, and water sports. Buffalo Zoo has a number of interesting animals and plants available for viewing.

Lancaster Transportation

Air transportation is available from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Lancaster Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Eric Community College, Canisus College, Suny College at Buffalo, and D'youville College.


Total Population 42,221
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 22,230
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 55.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.4%
Median Earnings25+ $43,595
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,429
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,159


Median Family Income $83,568
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 25.8%
Median Gross Rent $706
Median House Value $160,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 18%

Lancaster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of Cheektowaga, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14043, 14086
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.9
Longitude -78.67

Lancaster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 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 WALES
Distance 13 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
Distance 20.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clarence Center 2,069 $122,054
Depew 15,262 $61,682

Lancaster Public Libraries

Lancaster Public Library
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