Tonawanda, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Tonawanda, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Tonawanda had a population of 14,772 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tonawanda: Tonewanta.

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Tonawanda, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 14,772
Population in Households 14,735
Population in Familes 11,093
Population in Group Qrtrs 37
Population Density1 3,884
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 6,685
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 3,856
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,187 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,670 (65.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,015 (28.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 502 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $86,103
Average Home Value $95,664


Median Household Income $48,125
Average Household Income $56,195
Per Capita Income $25,510
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.38% -0.16%
Households -0.15% -0.05%
Families -0.38% -0.19%
Median Household Income   0.47%
Per Capita Income   1.25%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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, 2016 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 # 136 89th
Population Density1 # 196 84th
Diversity Index2 # 864 28th
Median Household Income # 876 27th
Per Capita Income # 817 32nd

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