Introduction to Tonawanda, New York

Tonawanda, New York, in Erie county, is 6 miles W of Amherst, New York and 9 miles N of Buffalo, New York. The city is conveniently located inside the Buffalo- Niagara Falls metropolitan area.

Tonawanda History

Henry Anguish was the first European settler in Tonawanda. He built a log house for himself in 1808, followed by a tavern in 1811. Growth was slow until the Erie Canal opened in 1825. The two Tonawandas located on either side of the Tonawanda Creek got excellent economic opportunity from the lumber industry and went on to become leaders in lumber processing in the late 19th century. Tonawanda eventually achieved cityhood in 1904.

Tonawanda and nearby Attractions

  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Delaware Park
  • Historical Society of the Tonawandas
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
  • Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
  • Niagara Aerospace Museum

Things To Do In Tonawanda

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has an excellent collection of modern art. Those who are interested in the history of the area should visit the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, which has exhibits displayed within a railroad station that was built in 1886. Martin's Fantasy Island offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities.

Tonawanda Transportation

Niagara Falls International Airport is nearby.

Tonawanda Higher Education

SUNY College, Canisius College and D'youville College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 15,000
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,145
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $35,065
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,513
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,195


Median Family Income $61,569
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $660
Median House Value $92,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.9%
Irish 22.1%

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

Tonawanda Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Amherst, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles N of Buffalo, New York
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14150, 14217, 14223
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14151
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.02
Longitude -78.88

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 6.5 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 9.6 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 12.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buffalo 259,517 $39,202
Kenmore 15,271 $74,387

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

Tonawanda Public Libraries

City Of Tonawanda Public Library
Tonawanda, New York
(716) 693-5043

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Erie Canal between 1900 and 1910
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