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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,735
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+10,524
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married58.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.3%
Median Earnings25+$44,327
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,329
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,062

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,627
% Above Poverty Level92.3%
% Below Poverty Level7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone23%
Median Gross Rent$919
Median House Value$189,600

Ancestry

Italian22.1%
Irish18.8%
Polish15.3%
English11.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.5%
French Except Basque2.8%
Hungarian2.5%
Ukrainian2%
Scottish1.6%
Dutch1.5%
Croatian1%
Welsh0.9%
Arab0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Lebanese0.6%
Russian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Albanian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Guyanese0.3%
Czech0.3%
US/American0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
German0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Grand Island Almanac

CategoryValue
County Erie County
Standard Zip Codes14072
Phone Area Codes716
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.01
Approximate Longitude-78.96

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)

StationNIAGARA FALLS INT'L AP
Distance6.2 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp35 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.9 inches
StationBUFFALO NIAGARA INTL
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp62 to 80 F
Oct Temp43 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches
StationLOCKPORT 3 S
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp35 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip37 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amherst124,647$96,431
Buffalo258,989$40,713
Kenmore15,303$76,013
Niagara Falls49,180$44,568
North Tonawanda30,935$66,466
Tonawanda14,991$69,298

Grand Island Public Libraries

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

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Grand Island Public Schools

Charlotte Sidway School
2451 Baseline Rd
ZIP: 14072
(716) 773-8870
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Grand Island Senior High School
1100 Ransom Rd
ZIP: 14072
(716) 773-8820
High
Total Enrollment 1039
Huth Road School
1773 Huth Rd
ZIP: 14072
(716) 773-8850
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Kaegebein School
1690 Love Rd
ZIP: 14072
(716) 773-8840
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Veronica E Connor Middle School
1100 Ransom Rd
ZIP: 14072
(716) 773-8830
Middle
Total Enrollment 674
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