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Kenmore, New York

Coordinates: 42°57′54″N 78°52′18″W / 42.96500°N 78.87167°W / 42.96500; -78.87167
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Knox Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
Tonawanda Municipal Building and downtown

Buffalo's first suburb; Ken-Ton(with Tonawanda)[citation needed]
Location in Erie County and New York
Location in Erie County and New York
Coordinates: 42°57′54″N 78°52′18″W / 42.96500°N 78.87167°W / 42.96500; -78.87167
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • MayorPatrick Mang
 • Trustees
Members' list
 • Total1.44 sq mi (3.72 km2)
 • Land1.44 sq mi (3.72 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
614 ft (187 m)
 • Total15,205
 • Density10,588.44/sq mi (4,088.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
14217, 14223
Area code716
FIPS code36-39232
GNIS feature ID0954497

Kenmore is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 15,205 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area.

Kenmore is in the south part of the town of Tonawanda, and together with the town it is often referred to as "Ken-Ton".[citation needed] It is bordered to the south by the city of Buffalo. The village is in the northwest part of Erie County.

The village has received accolades: In 2009, the American Planning Association named Kenmore "One of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods" in the United States. The village is also one of the country's 100 most densely-populated incorporated places.[2]


The village of Kenmore was incorporated in 1899[3][better source needed] from part of the town of Tonawanda. It is known as "Buffalo's First Suburb".[4][failed verification]

Louis Eberhardt, known as the "father of Kenmore",[citation needed] opposed naming the village "Eberhardt" after himself.[citation needed] He was responsible for buying farmland and subdividing the property into a suburban development. The building which is portrayed on the village logo is the Eberhardt Mansion, located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Kenmore Avenue. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[5] The Kenmore Village Hall was listed in 2013 as the Tonawanda Municipal Building.[6]


Kenmore is located at 42°57′54″N 78°52′18″W / 42.96500°N 78.87167°W / 42.96500; -78.87167 (42.964907, -78.871679).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.

Adjacent cities and towns[edit]

Major highways[edit]

  • New York State Route 265 (Military Rd.), north–south roadway that provides the west village line.
  • New York State Route 384 (Delaware Ave.), north–south roadway through the village from Tonawanda south into Buffalo.
  • Elmwood Avenue (Erie CR 119), important north–south roadway through the village
  • Kenmore Avenue (Erie CR 307), east–west roadway that forms the south village line.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 16,426 people, 7,071 households, and 4,235 families residing in the village. The population density was 11,437.2 inhabitants per square mile (4,415.9/km2), one of the densest populations in the United States. There were 7,459 housing units at an average density of 5,193.6 per square mile (2,005.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.85% White, 0.99% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 7,071 households, out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,252, and the median income for a family was $53,155. Males had a median income of $38,371 versus $26,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,695. About 3.5% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


The village government consists of a mayor and four trustees, each elected to a four-year term. The current mayor[as of?] is Patrick Mang.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Great Places in America (Neighborhoods 2009)". Retrieved October 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "History (Kenmore)". Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "Kenmore: Buffalo's First Suburb". Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/10/13 through 6/14/13. National Park Service. June 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

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