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Overview

Introduction to Grand Island, New York

Grand Island benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area with. The town's population is approximately 18,621.

Grand Island History

When French explorers visited this area during the 16th century, they found that it was inhabited by Neutral Native Americans. The Seneca Indians destroyed this tribe in the mid17th century and used the land for fishing and hunting. In 1815, Grand Island was purchased by New York State along with other small islands in the Niagara River. Grand Island was formally established as a town in 1852.

Grand Island and nearby Attractions

  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Martin's Fantasy Island
  • Buckhorn Island State Park
  • Woods Creek
  • Historical Society of the Tonawandas
  • Niagara Aerospace Museum

Things To Do In Grand Island

Beaver Island State Park has a marina, swimming beach, picnic areas, nature trails and children’s playgrounds. The town also has a rifle range, archery range & trap and a skeet range. The 85-acre Martin’s Fantasy Island is a popular local amusement park. The Erie County Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, the Buffalo Zoo and the Aquarium of Niagara are all accessible from Grand Island as well.

Grand Island Transportation

Niagara Falls International Airport is nearby.

Grand Island Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Niagara County Community College, SUNY Buffalo, Villa Maria College Buffalo, Canisius College, D'Youville College and Buffalo State College.

People

Total Population 20,679
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 10,438
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.8%
Median Earnings25+ $44,339
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,181
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,154

Wealth

Median Family Income $92,039
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.9%
Median Gross Rent $915
Median House Value $181,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0.3%
English 11.5%
Irish 17.6%

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

Grand Island Almanac

Category Value
County Erie
Metro Area Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Standard Zip Codes 14072
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.01
Longitude -78.95

Grand Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NIAGARA FALLS INT'L AP
Distance 6.2 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
Station BUFFALO NIAGARA INTL
Distance 12.2 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 15.9 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/.

Grand Island Public Libraries

Library
Grand Island Memorial Library
1715 BEDELL ROAD
Grand Island, New York
(716) 773-7124

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