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Cheektowaga, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Erie County
Elevation 662 ft (201.8 m)
Coordinates 42°54′14″N 78°44′38″W / 42.90389°N 78.74389°W / 42.90389; -78.74389
Area 29.5 sq mi (76.4 km²)
 - land 29.4 sq mi (76 km²)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km²), 0.34%
Population 88,226 (2010)
Density 2,998.6 /sq mi (1,157.8 /km²)
Incorporated 1839
Town Supervisor Diane Benzcowski (D)
 - Town Council
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14225/14227/14215/14206
Area code 716

Cheektowaga is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 88,226. The town is in the north-central part of the county. It is the second largest suburb of Buffalo, after the town of Amherst.

The town of Cheektowaga contains the village of Sloan and half of the village of Depew. The remainder, outside the villages, is a census-designated place also named Cheektowaga. The town is home to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Erie County's principal airport.

Villa Maria College, Empire State College, and the Walden Galleria are in Cheektowaga.


Cheektowaga was first settled by the Seneca people of the Iroquois Confederacy, who named the location Chictawauga, meaning "land of the crabapples" in the Seneca language. Cheektowaga was formed from the town of Amherst on March 22, 1839, and upon the formation of West Seneca on October 16, 1851, was reduced to its present limits—about 30 square miles (78 km2). Throughout the 19th century, it was referred to 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 maintains 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.

The Walden Galleria opened in 1989, becoming the Buffalo Niagara region's largest mall.

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


Cheektowaga Town Hall
Cheektowaga town hall, off Broadway (NY 130)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.5 square miles (76.4 km2), of which 29.4 square miles (76.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.21%, is water.

The town is bordered by 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.


  • Bellevue - A neighborhood between Union Road and the Depew border. It is home to the Bellevue Fire Department and a portion of Cayuga Creek. It is also home to the historic Bellevue Hotel, a local bar and restaurant which has been in existence since the 19th century.
  • Cheektowaga - A census-designated place corresponding to all of the town outside the villages of Sloan and Depew.
  • Cleveland Hill - A neighborhood located on the north town line; has its own school district.
  • Depew - The village of Depew (shared with the town of Lancaster) is in the eastern part of the town.
  • Doyle - A neighborhood near the western town line.
  • Forks - A location near Union Road (NY-277) and Broadway (NY-130).
  • Maryvale - A neighborhood located just west of the airport, this community is also a school district, containing Maryvale High School.
  • Pine Hill - A neighborhood on the border of Buffalo, featuring many cemeteries and Villa Maria College.
  • Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve – A conservation area in the south central part of the town.
  • Sloan - The village of Sloan, near the Buffalo border. Sloan is the seat of the Cheekotowaga-Sloan school district.
  • South Cheektowaga - Neighborhood on the border of West Seneca near French Road. Several apartment complexes are located in this area.
  • U-Crest - A neighborhood near Union Road (NY-277) and Genesee Street (NY-33).
  • Williamsville - A small part of the village of Williamsville (shared with the town of Amherst).


On July 30, 1987, an F1 tornado touched down in the Union Road and George Urban Boulevard area. It grew to an F2 before dissipating. 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 and damaged a nearby Putt Putt® miniature golf center.

Another F1 tornado touched down not far from the site of the 1987 tornado on June 30, 2006. 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,137
1850 3,042 167.5%
1860 2,743 −9.8%
1870 2,465 −10.1%
1880 2,327 −5.6%
1890 2,974 27.8%
1900 5,156 73.4%
1910 7,620 47.8%
1920 11,923 56.5%
1930 20,849 74.9%
1940 25,006 19.9%
1950 45,354 81.4%
1960 84,056 85.3%
1970 113,844 35.4%
1980 109,442 −3.9%
1990 99,314 −9.3%
2000 94,019 −5.3%
2010 88,226 −6.2%
Est. 2014 87,840 −0.4%
Historical Population Figures
Cheektowaga (town)
Anna M Reinstein Public Library
The Anna M. Reinstein Public Library on NY 240 in Cheektowaga

As of the census 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.

Major ancestries in the town are Polish (39.9%), German (29.9%), Italian (16.0%), Irish (14.1%), English (5.8%), and French (2.7%).

Thruway toll barrier at Williamsville NY
Cheektowaga is located near many expressways, including the New York Thruway.

Twin towns — Sister cities

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