Niagara Falls, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Niagara Falls, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Niagara Falls had a population of 48,929 as of July 1, 2016. Niagara Falls ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Niagara Falls is located at latitude 43.0928 and longitude -79.0147 in Niagara County. The formal boundaries for the City of Niagara Falls (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.09 sq. miles and a water area of 2.74 sq. miles. Niagara County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 614 feet.

The City of Niagara Falls (GNIS ID: 979276) 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 Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls: Manchester, OhniĆ :kara.

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


Total Population 48,929
Population in Households 48,559
Population in Familes 35,192
Population in Group Qrtrs 370
Population Density1 3,474
Diversity Index2 52


Total Households 22,244
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 12,124
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 26,381 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,850 (44.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,394 (39.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,137 (15.7%)
Median Home Value $69,524
Average Home Value $88,324


Median Household Income $32,550
Average Household Income $45,683
Per Capita Income $20,963
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.41% -0.35%
Households -0.26% -0.24%
Families -0.48% -0.38%
Median Household Income   -1.16%
Per Capita Income   0.94%
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.

Niagara Falls, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Niagara Falls 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 # 19 98th
Population Density1 # 232 81st
Diversity Index2 # 210 82nd
Median Household Income # 1174 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1102 8th

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