Introduction to North Tonawanda, New York

North Tonawanda, New York, in Niagara county, is 5 miles NW of Amherst, New York and 10 miles N of Buffalo, New York. The city is conveniently located inside the Buffalo- Niagara Falls metropolitan area.

North Tonawanda History

The area now known as the city of North Tonawanda was originally a part of the city of Tonawanda. In 1897, it was incorporated as a separate city. It was named after Tonawanda creek, which once flowed past the city. The economic development of the city was largely dependant upon its lumber industries, and North Tonawanda was also known as the 'The Lumber City.' It is also the birthplace of the Herschell-Spillman Company, which is one of the top manufacturers of carousels in the United States.

North Tonawanda and nearby Attractions

  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
  • North Tonawanda History Museum
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Martin's Fantasy Island
  • Buffalo Zoological Gardens

Things To Do In North Tonawanda

During your leisure hours, you can visit the North Tonawanda History Museum and the Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier. North Tonawanda is also home to Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. You can enjoy summer theaters and concerts at the New Melody Fair Theater in Wurlitzer Park. Among the local parks are Fisherman's Park, Gratwick Waterfront Park, Sweeney Park, Gateway Harbor Park, Payne Park and West Canal Marina. Plays, movies and concerts can also be enjoyed at the Riviera Theater and Performing Arts Center and Ghostlight Theater.

North Tonawanda Transportation

Niagara Falls International Airport is close to the city.

North Tonawanda Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Niagara County Community College, Canisius College, D'youville College and SUNY College at Buffalo.


Total Population 31,077
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,742
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.1%
Median Earnings25+ $35,957
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,786
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,094


Median Family Income $68,063
% Above Poverty Level 89.9%
% Below Poverty Level 10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 36.9%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $107,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.4%
Irish 19.5%

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

North Tonawanda Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Amherst, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles N of Buffalo, New York
County Niagara
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14120
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.038
Longitude -78.864

North Tonawanda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 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 9.9 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 LOCKPORT 3 S
Distance 11.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, North Tonawanda, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Pendleton (14120)

Wheatfield (14120)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kenmore 15,271 $74,387

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

North Tonawanda Public Libraries

North Tonawanda Public Library
North Tonawanda, New York
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