Cheektowaga (town), New York

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Cheektowaga
Town
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyErie County
Elevation662 ft (201.8 m)
Coordinates42°54′14″N 78°44′38″W / 42.90389°N 78.74389°W / 42.90389; -78.74389
Area29.5 sq mi (76.4 km2)
 - land29.5 sq mi (76 km2)
 - water0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population88,226 (2010)
Density3,187 / sq mi (1,230.5 / km2)
Incorporated1829
Town SupervisorMary F. Holtz (D)
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code14225/14227
Area code716
Location of Cheektowaga in Erie County
Location of Cheektowaga in New York
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.tocny.org
 
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Coordinates: 42°54′14″N 78°44′38″W / 42.90389°N 78.74389°W / 42.90389; -78.74389
Cheektowaga
Town
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyErie County
Elevation662 ft (201.8 m)
Coordinates42°54′14″N 78°44′38″W / 42.90389°N 78.74389°W / 42.90389; -78.74389
Area29.5 sq mi (76.4 km2)
 - land29.5 sq mi (76 km2)
 - water0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population88,226 (2010)
Density3,187 / sq mi (1,230.5 / km2)
Incorporated1829
Town SupervisorMary F. Holtz (D)
TimezoneEST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code14225/14227
Area code716
Location of Cheektowaga in Erie County
Location of Cheektowaga in New York
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.tocny.org

Cheektowaga is a town (also a Census-designated Place, see below) in Erie County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 88,226. The name comes from the Iroquoian word Ji-ik-do-wa-gah, meaning the place of the crab apple tree.

The Town of Cheektowaga is in the north-central part of the county. It is the second largest suburb of Buffalo, New York next to Amherst.[citation needed] Cheektowaga CDP and Cheektowaga Town contain the site of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the principal airport of Erie County.[1]

Villa Maria College and the Walden Galleria are located in Cheektowaga.

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History

"Land of the Crabapples" ( JI-IK-DO-WAH-GAH ), named by the Seneca Native Americans referring to the apple-like fruit of the Hawthorn trees abundantly growing in the area. Cheektowaga was formed from Amherst on March 20, 1829, and on the formation of West Seneca on October 16, 1851, was reduced to its present limits—about 33 square miles (85 km2). Throughout the 19th century, it went by its original name: "Chictawauga".

Originally a rural farming area, the town was extensively developed during the post-World War II subdivision boom of the 1950s. Factories, such as the Westinghouse Electric Corporation plant on Genesee Street (since demolished) generated employment to the area for many decades. The town continues to maintain a strong blue collar presence. Cheektowaga has a large Polish-American community, much of which relocated from Buffalo's East Side, and about 39.9% of population is of Polish heritage.[citation needed]

In the town, there is a complex called the Garden Village Plaza. At one time this was a thriving complex full of retailers but by 2006 this had dwindled down to a few outlets including the Village Flea Market, a Dollar General and T-Birds nightclub. At this time, the plaza was acquired by Benderson Development Co for about $2 million from New York City investor Howard Drucker, who had originally asked for $5 million. This deal gained media attention [1] [2] and Benderson vowed to give the location a revamp. However, since that time even more of the businesses have closed and most of the buildings are now derelict. Further talks to develop the site took place in 2010 and 2011. [3] [4]

Other small plazas and malls like Como Mall and Thruway Mall were closed and turned into smaller business plazas with the growing popularity of large shopping malls. The Walden Galleria opened in 1989 in Cheektowaga, the largest mall in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Garrison Cemetery, Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel, and Villa Maria Motherhouse Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Tornadoes

On July 31, 1987, an F1 tornado touched down in the Union Road and George Urban Boulevard area. It grew to an F2 before dissipating.[3] Homes and business suffered serious damage, but there were no fatalities or severe injuries. This tornado is locally memorable as the one which ripped the roof off the Holiday Showcase Restaurant.

Another F1 tornado touched down not far from the site of the 1987 tornado on June 30, 2006.[4] Again, homes and businesses - including the Holiday Showcase, which was remodeled soon after - were damaged, and a tractor trailer was knocked over on the NY State Thruway, but no one was killed.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.5 square miles (76.5 km²), all land.

The town borders Lancaster on the east, West Seneca on the south, the city of Buffalo on the west, and on the north by Amherst. The town includes the waterways of Scajaquada Creek, Cayuga Creek and Ellicott Creek.

The east town line is marked by New York State Route 78 (Transit Road). New York State Route 240 (Harlem Road) and New York State Route 277 (Union Road) are major north-south routes through the town. New York State Route 33 (Kensington Expressway), Walden Avenue, and William Street access the New York State Thruway, which is also a north-south highway through the town (although officially an east-west road, it travels north-south in the Cheektowaga section).

Encompassed Villages

The town of Cheektowaga encompasses all of the Village of Sloan, the western half of the Village of Depew (shared with the Town of Lancaster), and a tiny portion (approximately 10 homes) of the Village of Williamsville (shared with the Town of Amherst).

Adjacent Cities & Towns

Major Highways in the Town of Cheektowaga

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18503,042
18602,743−9.8%
18702,465−10.1%
18802,327−5.6%
18902,97427.8%
19005,15673.4%
19107,62047.8%
192011,92356.5%
193020,84974.9%
194025,00619.9%
195045,35481.4%
196084,05685.3%
1970113,84435.4%
1980109,442−3.9%
199099,314−9.3%
200094,019−5.3%
201088,226−6.2%
Historical Population Figures
Cheektowaga (town)[5][6][7]

Demographics

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 94,019 people, 40,045 households, and 25,869 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,183.8 people per square mile (1,229.3/km²). There were 41,901 housing units at an average density of 1,418.9 per square mile (547.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.94% White, 2.93% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 40,045 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,121, and the median income for a family was $46,646. Males had a median income of $34,538 versus $25,434 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,627. About 4.6% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Ancestries: Polish (39.9%), German (29.9%), Italian (16.0%), Irish (14.1%), English (5.8%), French (2.7%).

Communities and locations in Cheektowaga

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