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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,991
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens18%
Employed Population 16+7,462
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married45.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.5%
Median Earnings25+$36,528
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,351

Wealth

Median Family Income$69,298
% Above Poverty Level89.1%
% Below Poverty Level10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.1%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone36.7%
Median Gross Rent$666
Median House Value$94,600

Ancestry

Italian20.4%
Irish20.3%
Polish17.6%
English11.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6.9%
French Except Basque3.2%
Scottish2.3%
Hungarian2.1%
Dutch2%
Greek1.1%
Ukrainian1%
Canadian1%
Welsh0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Czech0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Turkish0.5%
Russian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Serbian0.5%
Romanian0.3%
Palestinian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Syrian0.2%
German0.1%
Australian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Tonawanda Almanac

CategoryValue
County Erie County
Standard Zip Codes14150, 14217, 14223
P.O. Box Zip Codes14151
Phone Area Codes716
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43
Approximate Longitude-78.87

Tonawanda 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
Distance6.5 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
Distance9.6 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
Distance12.7 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
Grand Island20,735$92,627
Kenmore15,303$76,013
North Tonawanda30,935$66,466
Williamsville5,269$85,250

Tonawanda Public Libraries

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

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Tonawanda Public Schools

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School
44 Westfall Dr
ZIP: 14150
(716) 874-8419
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
Fletcher Elementary School
555 Fletcher St
ZIP: 14150
(716) 694-7694
Middle
Total Enrollment 253
Glendale Elementary School
101 Glendale Dr
ZIP: 14150
(716) 250-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Holmes Elementary School
365 Dupont Ave
ZIP: 14150
(716) 874-8423
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Kenmore East Senior High School
350 Fries Rd
ZIP: 14150
(716) 874-8402
High
Total Enrollment 929
Mullen Elementary School
130 Syracuse St
ZIP: 14150
(716) 694-6805
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Riverview Elementary School
55 Taylor Dr
ZIP: 14150
(716) 694-7697
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
Thomas A Edison Elementary School
236 Grayton Rd
ZIP: 14150
(716) 874-8416
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Tonawanda Middle/high School
600 Fletcher St
ZIP: 14150
(716) 694-7660
Other
Total Enrollment 950

Tonawanda Private Schools

Cardinal O Hara High School
39 Ohara Rd
ZIP: 14150
Secondary
Total Enrollment 247
New Life Christian School
80 Luksin Dr
ZIP: 14150
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
St Amelia School
2999 Eggert Rd
ZIP: 14150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 479
St Christopher Elementary School
2660 Niagara Falls Blvd
ZIP: 14150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 423
St Francis Of Assisi School
70 Adam St
ZIP: 14150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 142
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Erie Canal between 1900 and 1910
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