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Newfane, New York
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Location in Niagara County and the state of New York.
Location in Niagara County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Niagara
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 53.48 sq mi (138.51 km2)
 • Land 51.82 sq mi (134.22 km2)
 • Water 1.66 sq mi (4.29 km2)
344 ft (105 m)
 • Total 9,666
 • Estimate 
 • Density 180.50/sq mi (69.69/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 716
FIPS code 36-50232
GNIS feature ID 0979262

Newfane is a town in Niagara County, New York, United States. The population was 9,666 at the 2010 census. The name was suggested by an early settler.

The Town of Newfane is in the north-central part of the county, north of the City of Lockport.


The Town of Newfane was established in 1824 by James VanHorn and others it is made up of parts of the Towns of Hartland, Somerset, and Wilson. The first town meeting was held at the Van Horn Mansion in 1824. At one time, the community was known as "Charlotte" and "Charlottesville," but then was renamed Newfane ("New Fane" = "New Church").

Its school district includes an Early Childhood Center, Elementary school,Middle School, and one High School. The school's mascot is a panther.

In Olcott, there is a monument with a handful of names of soldiers who fought for the Union cause in the American Civil War. In total, 252 Union soldiers came from Newfane. Olcott is also home to an original Herschell Carousel. The Carousel was built in 1928 and recently celebrated its 80th anniversary.

The town has two properties on the National Register of Historic Places: the First Baptist Church and Van Horn Mansion.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.5 square miles (138.5 km²), of which, 51.8 square miles (134.3 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²) of it (3.05%) is water. It also includes Wright's Corners. Newfane's northern border is Lake Ontario. The town's south border is shared with the Town of Lockport.

Adjacent cities and towns

Major highways in the Town of Newfane

  • NY-18.svg New York State Route 18 (Lake Rd.), East-West Highway across the north part of town roughly paralleling Lake Ontario.
  • NY-78.svg New York State Route 78 (Lockport-Olcott Rd.), North-South roadway through the town from the Lockport town line to its northern terminus at Lake Rd. (NY 18) in Olcott, NY.
  • NY-104.svg New York State Route 104 (Ridge Rd.), East-West roadway through the town from the Cambria town line to the Hartland town line. (Runs concurrent with NY 78 a short distance in Wrights Corners.)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,448
1840 2,372 63.8%
1850 3,271 37.9%
1860 3,363 2.8%
1870 3,097 −7.9%
1880 3,462 11.8%
1890 3,170 −8.4%
1900 3,248 2.5%
1910 4,060 25.0%
1920 3,515 −13.4%
1930 4,225 20.2%
1940 4,635 9.7%
1950 5,801 25.2%
1960 8,523 46.9%
1970 9,459 11.0%
1980 9,268 −2.0%
1990 8,996 −2.9%
2000 9,657 7.3%
2010 9,666 0.1%
2016 (est.) 9,354 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,657 people, 3,597 households, and 2,633 families residing in the town. The population density was 186.3 people per square mile (71.9/km2). There were 3,854 housing units at an average density of 74.3 per square mile (28.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.76% White, 7.15% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 3,597 households, out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% 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 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,438, and the median income for a family was $50,095. Males had a median income of $38,037 versus $25,279 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,311. About 5.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Newfane

  • Appleton – A hamlet in the northeast part of Newfane.
  • Burt – A hamlet south of Olcott on Route 78, named after Burt van Horn, an early settler in the region.
  • Corwin – A hamlet between Newfane and Wrights Corners on Route 78.
  • Eighteen Mile Creek – A stream flowing northward through the town to Lake Ontario.
  • Hess Road – A location on the east border of the town, east of Newfane.
  • Ridgewood – A hamlet southeast of Newfane on Route 104 (Ridge Road).
  • Newfane – The hamlet of Newfane is on Route 78, centrally located in the town and on the east bank of Eighteen Mile Creek.
  • Olcott – A hamlet with a small boat harbor on Lake Ontario.
  • Olcott-Newfane Airport (D80) – A small general aviation airport on the west side of Eighteen Mile Creek and southwest of Olcott.
  • Woodland Heights – a lakeside hamlet on Lake Ontario.
  • Wrights Corners – A hamlet on the south town line, partly in the Town of Lockport. The community is located by the fork in Routes 78 and 104. It extends to Wicks Road.

Notable people

  • Steve Geltz, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher
  • Tom Jolls, notable TV weatherman
  • Del Mason, former MLB player
  • Burt Van Horn, former US Congressman
  • John Beilein, professional basketball coach and college coach at the University of Michigan.

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