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Evans, New York
U.S. Post Office Angola NY Jan 10.jpg
U.S. Post Office, Angola, NY
Country United States
State New York
County Erie County
Elevation 676 ft (206 m)
Coordinates 42°38′46″N 79°01′59″W / 42.64611°N 79.03306°W / 42.64611; -79.03306
Area 107.64 km² (41.6 sq mi)
 - land 107.56 km² (42 sq mi)
 - water 0.08 km² (0 sq mi), 0.07%
Population 16,356 (2010)
Density 152.1 /km² (393.9 /sq mi)
Incorporated 1821
Town Supervisor Mary Hosler
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14006
Area code 716
FIPS code 36-24801
GNIS feature ID 0978947

Evans is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 16,356 at the 2010 census. The town derives its name from David E. Evans, an agent of the Holland Land Company and nephew of land agent Joseph Ellicott.

Evans is south of Buffalo in the southwest corner of the Erie County along the coast of Lake Erie.


The town of Evans was established in 1821 from part of the town of Eden. The first settler arrived around 1804, but there was no permanent settlement until 1808. David Evans was named the local agent of the Holland Land Company in 1827. He was known for his humane management of the company business in relation to the impoverished settlers.

People of note from Evans

  • Willis Carrier, inventor of air conditioning
  • Alfred Gray, former Kansas legislator
  • Patrick Kaleta, ice hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL
  • Christian Laettner, former NBA player
  • Nathaniel O. Murray, Wisconsin State Assemblyman and steamboat owner
  • Francis J. Pordum, former New York state assemblyman, served as Town Supervisor
  • A. W. Shepard, former college football head coach, lived in North Evans


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.56 square miles (107.64 km2), of which 41.53 square miles (107.56 km2) is land and 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 0.08%, is water.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), US 20 (Southwestern Boulevard), and NY 5 (Erie Road) pass through the town.

The north town line is defined by Eighteen Mile Creek, which is well known for excellent fossil formations.

Neighboring towns

The town of Brant is to the south, Hamburg is to the northeast, and the town of Eden is to the east.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,185
1840 1,807 52.5%
1850 2,182 20.8%
1860 2,510 15.0%
1870 2,593 3.3%
1880 2,610 0.7%
1890 2,692 3.1%
1900 2,795 3.8%
1910 3,124 11.8%
1920 3,468 11.0%
1930 3,827 10.4%
1940 5,047 31.9%
1950 7,663 51.8%
1960 12,078 57.6%
1970 14,570 20.6%
1980 17,961 23.3%
1990 17,478 −2.7%
2000 17,594 0.7%
2010 16,356 −7.0%
Est. 2014 16,300 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,070 people, 6,639 households, and 4,773 families residing in the town. The population density was 420.5 people per square mile (162.3/km²). There were 7,507 housing units at an average density of 179.4 per square mile (69.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.81% White, 0.38% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 6,639 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,142, and the median income for a family was $50,765. Males had a median income of $39,022 versus $26,698 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,122. About 5.4% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations within Evans

  • Angola – A village in the south part of the town.
  • Angola Lake Shore Addition – A community in the southwest part of the town.
  • Angola on the Lake – A lakeside community by Lake Erie.
  • Bennett Beach – A lakeside park west of Evans Center.
  • Camp Lakeland – A lakeside community by Lake Erie.
  • Camp Pioneer – A lakeside community by Lake Erie.
  • Derby – A hamlet in the northwestern part of the town.
  • Evans Beach Park – A hamlet on the lake shore west of Angola.
  • Evans Center – A hamlet on NY-5 north of Angola.
  • Evangola State Park – A small part of the state park is at the town's south line.
  • Grandview Bay – A lakeside hamlet west of Angola.
  • Highland on the Lake – A lakeside hamlet on NY-5.
  • Jerusalem Corners – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Lake Erie Beach – A lakeside hamlet southwest of Angola.
  • North Evans – A hamlet in the northeastern corner of the town.
  • Pontiac – A location near the eastern town line.
  • Wendt Beach Park – A lakeside park north of Camp Lakeland.
  • West Beach Park – A lakeside park in the northwest part of the town.
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