Orchard Park (village), New York

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Orchard Park, New York
Village
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°45′44″N 78°44′29″W / 42.76222°N 78.74139°W / 42.76222; -78.74139Coordinates: 42°45′44″N 78°44′29″W / 42.76222°N 78.74139°W / 42.76222; -78.74139
Country United States
State New York
County Erie
Area
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 863 ft (263 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,246
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14127
Area code(s) 716
FIPS code 36-55266
GNIS feature ID 2391038

Orchard Park is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 3,246 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from a description of the local landscape, which abounded with orchards. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Village of Orchard Park lies north of the center of the Town of Orchard Park.

History[edit]

The Village of Orchard Park was started by Quaker settlers in 1803. The village, formerly called "Potters Corners," was incorporated in 1921. The name change to "Orchard Park" was suggested by a local schoolteacher. Several years later, the town also changed its name from "East Hamburg" to "Orchard Park," after the village.

Geography[edit]

Orchard Park is located at 42°45′43″N 78°44′29″W / 42.76194°N 78.74139°W / 42.76194; -78.74139 (42.762159, -78.741405).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (2.88%) is water.

Green Lake is a small lake within the village.

U.S. Route 20A (Quaker Street) passes through the village, intersecting with New York State Route 240/New York State Route 277. At this intersection the street name of Route 277 changes from Orchard Park Road (which leads toward the city) to N/S Buffalo street (which leads into the village). This causes people in the village to refer to Route 277 as Buffalo street and people that aren't from the village to call it Orchard Park road. This intersection is known locally as the "Four Corners" and is the center of the village.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,294 people, 1,418 households, and 925 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,450.4 people per square mile (949.1/km²). There were 1,459 housing units at an average density of 1,085.4 per square mile (420.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.63% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 1,418 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $51,520, and the median income for a family was $70,483. Males had a median income of $46,810 versus $30,679 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,754. About 2.1% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

As of April 2015, the mayor of the Village of Orchard Park is Jo Ann Litwin Clinton.[3] The Village of Orchard Park presently hold a single government function which is the Department of Public Works which maintains the streets, sidewalks, domestic water system and sewer system. This is much reduced from the Village's original organization in which the Village managed the Orchard Park Police department, the fire department, operated a sewage treatment plant on Deur Road and a water treatment reservoir and treatment plant in West Falls NY. As the influence of the Town of Orchard Park increased, the municipal functions moved to the town. In the 1980s the sewer treatment functions were turned over to the County of Erie and plant closed. In the early 1990s the water treatment plant and reservoir were abandoned with water supply being supplied by the Erie County Water Authority. The main reason for this change was Clean Water Act requirements which the old "WaterPlant" could not maintain having been constructed during the depression in the 1930s. The Village DPW continues to maintain the road, water lines, sewer lines and sidewalks year round with a seven to eight man crew. This is reduced from the days when the DPW crew grew in the summer to eleven to twelve men and crews would completely engineer and rebuild entire Village streets (aka Road Jobs).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "The Village Of Orchard Park". Retrieved May 1, 2015. 

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