Angola, New York
|Angola, New York|
|• Total||1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)|
|• Land||1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||686 ft (209 m)|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (570/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0942483|
|Website||Village of Angola website|
Angola, New York includes both a quaint village and a beach community in Erie County, New York, United States. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the area is located about 30 miles south of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area. As of the 2010 Census, Angola had 2,127 permanent residents. Other residents are seasonal and are not captured by the census information.
The community was previously called "Evans Station". Around 1854 or 1855, a post office was established there, bearing the name Angola. The first postmaster was John H. Andrus, who later became county clerk. At this time, the community's name was changed to "Angola." The new name was apparently chosen because, at that time, local residents (primarily Quakers) were supporting missionary efforts in the Portuguese colony of Angola in Africa. The economy of the village improved with the arrival of a railroad line in 1852.
The Village of Angola was incorporated in 1873. In June 2004, an attempt to dissolve the village was thwarted by a judicial ruling that the petitions for a referendum were invalid. In 2007, the village agreed to dissolve its police department and contract with the Town of Evans for police services. Angola officers would be hired by Evans.
In February 2008, local officials rejected the urging of local politician Kevin Gaughan to reduce the size of the village board, stating that no financial savings would result. Gaughan, a proponent of reducing the number of government entities in Erie County, is also a proponent of metro government. The US Post Office—Angola was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Angola Horror train wreck
On December 18, 1867, just after 3 p.m. the last coach of the Buffalo-bound New York Express of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern railway derailed. It plunged off a truss bridge into Big Sister Creek just after passing Angola. The next car was also pulled from the track and rolled down the far embankment. Stoves set both coaches on fire. Forty-nine people were killed, with an additional forty being injured.
Angola is a few miles east from the east shore of Lake Erie and is west of the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90). It is on the New York-Buffalo-Chicago Main Line of CSXT and on the Jersey City-Buffalo-Chicago Main Line of the Norfolk Southern Railway. From 1907 to 1932 Angola was on the Buffalo-to-Erie (Pa.) Main Line of the Buffalo & Lake Erie Traction Company (B&LET) and its successor, the Buffalo & Erie Railway (B&E), a high speed interurban electric railway. The B&E was abandoned with the approval of the New York State Public Service Commission to promote the growth and development of highway transportation.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,266 people, 844 households, and 618 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,589.5 people per square mile (611.8/km²). There were 903 housing units at an average density of 633.4 per square mile (243.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.60% White, 0.44% African American, 1.32% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.
There were 844 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the village the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,050, and the median income for a family was $48,352. Males had a median income of $37,931 versus $27,298 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,598. About 7.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Willis Carrier, engineer and inventor of air conditioning
- Patrick Kaleta, NHL hockey player
- Christian Laettner, basketball player; 1992 Olympic Gold Medal basketball winner, former NBA basketball player
- Monroe Salisbury, silent film actor
- Pius Louis Schwert, former Major League Baseball player and U.S. Congressman
- Smith, H. Perry (2000) . History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County 1. Salem: Higginson. ISBN 0-7404-1966-8.
- Vogel, Charity (2013). The Angola Horror: The 1867 Train Wreck that Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-4908-6.