West Seneca, New York

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West Seneca, New York

Introduction to West Seneca, New York

West Seneca, New York, in Erie county, is 3 miles SW of Cheektowaga, New York and 4 miles SE of Buffalo, New York. The town is included in the Buffalo - Niagara Falls metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 45,943 people lived in West Seneca.

West Seneca History

The area now known as West Seneca was not open to European settlement until the mid 19th century, because the town was situated on the land of the former Buffalo Creek Reservation. The community was formed in the year 1851, from parts of Hamburg and Cheektowaga. Since there was already another town named Seneca, this area was named West Seneca in 1852. A part of West Seneca split in 1909 to form the city of Lackawanna.

West Seneca and nearby Attractions

  • Darwin Martin House State Historic Site
  • Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Buffalo Zoo

Things To Do In West Seneca

The Millard Fillmore House, Darwin Martin House State Historic Site and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site are all popular local sites providing education and recreation to the people of West Seneca. The Buffalo Museum of Science, CEPA Gallery, Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and Pedaling History Bicycle Museum showcase some interesting exhibits.

West Seneca Transportation

Air transportation is available from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

West Seneca Higher Education

Erie Community College-South Campus, Canisius College, Erie Community College-North Campus and D'youville College are all nearby.

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Comparative Profile of West Seneca, New York

Comparing West Seneca to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 8
Senior Citizens 10 8
Female Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
Median Family Income 6 5
College Educated Adults 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 8
Public Transportation Use 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 2 7
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 6
People Living Alone 5 6
Housing Recently Built 3 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

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West Seneca Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Cheektowaga, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 4 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14206, 14210, 14218, 14220, 14224
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.861
Longitude -78.8

West Seneca 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 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 14.7 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 16.3 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
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West Seneca Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 45,943 100%
Male 21,892 47.7%
Female 24,051 52.3%
Under 18 10,238 22.3%
18+ 35,705 77.7%
65+ 8,380 18.2%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 3.02
White 45,074 98.1%
African-American 213 0.5%
Asian 229 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 80 0.2%
Other 86 0.2%
Mixed Race 257 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 405 0.9%

West Seneca 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
Polish 27.5%
German 22.5%
Irish 16.4%
Italian 16%
English 3.8%
US/American 2.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.2%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
French Canadian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Macedonian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Seneca 45,943 $54,164
Blasdell 2,718 $43,846
Buffalo 292,648 $30,614
Cheektowaga 79,988 $46,486
Depew 16,629 $50,021
Lackawanna 19,064 $39,237
Sloan 3,775 $39,863
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