Tonawanda, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Tonawanda, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Tonawanda had a population of 14,924 as of July 1, 2017. Tonawanda ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tonawanda is located at latitude 43.0119 and longitude -78.8834 in Erie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tonawanda (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Erie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 574 feet.

The City of Tonawanda (GNIS ID: 979550) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Tonawanda population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tonawanda: Tonewanta.

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Tonawanda, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 14,924
Daytime Population: Workers 5,623
Daytime Population: Residents 7,593
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,216
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 14,887
Population in Familes 11,182
Population in Group Qrtrs 37
Population Density2 3,924
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $50,142
Average Household Income $57,997
Per Capita Income $26,085


Total Housing Units 7,193 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,676 (65.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,016 (28.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 501 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $89,466
Average Home Value $100,545


Total Households 6,692
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 3,850
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.19% -0.07%
Households -0.12% -0.04%
Families -0.35% -0.19%
Median Household Income   -0.19%
Per Capita Income   1.63%

Tonawanda, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tonawanda to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 134 89th
Population Density # 191 84th
Diversity Index # 855 29th
Median Household Income # 869 27th
Per Capita Income # 829 31st

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