Clarence Center, New York

Coordinates: 43°0′40″N 78°38′5″W / 43.01111°N 78.63472°W / 43.01111; -78.63472
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Clarence Center, New York
Location in Erie County and the state of New York
Location in Erie County and the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°0′40″N 78°38′5″W / 43.01111°N 78.63472°W / 43.01111; -78.63472
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Land2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • Total3,337
 • Density1,153.68/sq mi (445.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code716
FIPS code36-15836
GNIS feature ID0946736

Clarence Center is an affluent hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Clarence in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 3,337 as of 2021.[2] It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Clarence Center, within the south-central part of the town, is the location of most of the town government facilities, although the actual town hall is within the Clarence postal zone.

Clarence Center is also one of the postal zones in the town with a ZIP code of 14032. This area comprises most of the northern part of the town.


The community was founded in 1823 as Van Tines Corners. The community was the first in the town of Clarence to have access to a rail line, with the "Peanut" line being pulled through the community in 1853, the station was named "Clarence Center," Railroad service was cut off on December 31, 1977, and today the line has been mostly ripped up, replaced by a cycling trail, referred to as the "Peanut" line, an homage to the original "Peanut" line, on which rail came to the community.

Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash[edit]

On February 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm, a Continental Connection flight operated by Colgan Air went down in Clarence Center, killing all 44 passengers and five crew members, along with one resident on the ground whose house the plane impacted. The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 74-seat turboprop, had logged only 1819 hours, having been delivered in 2008. Up to a week after the crash, the entire neighborhood was closed off because of the numerous residents wanting to see the crash site.[3]


Clarence Center is located at 43°0′40″N 78°38′5″W / 43.01111°N 78.63472°W / 43.01111; -78.63472 (43.011158, -78.634749).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all land.

As suggested by its name, Clarence Center lies near the middle of the town.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,747 people, 622 households, and 508 families residing in the hamlet. The population density was 822.5 inhabitants per square mile (317.6/km2). There were 634 housing units at an average density of 298.5 per square mile (115.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.28% White, 0.52% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 622 households, out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 14.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the community, the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the hamlet was $66,311, and the median income for a family was $70,179. Males had a median income of $53,542 versus $27,266 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,363. About 1.7% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


The heart of the community is the more heavily settled area by the intersection of Clarence Center and Goodrich Roads. This location is sometimes referred to as "the four corners" or merely "the corners". There is a business on each corner, currently[when?] a coffee shop, a bank, a day care center, and a small cluster of gift shops.

East of the four corners is the Clarence Center Elementary School, which serves most of the northern part of the town.

Although Clarence Center occupies most of the northern part of the town, the population is less than the part of the town that is called Clarence.

A hiking/biking trail connects Clarence Center to Akron, New York, to the east and to NY Route 78, Transit Road, to the west.

The J. Eshelman and Company Store at 6000 Goodrich Rd., was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[7]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Clarence Center, NY | Data USA". Retrieved December 29, 2023.
  3. ^ "Search for answers begins in Buffalo plane crash". February 13, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.

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