Clarence Center, New York

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Clarence Center is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) located in the Town of Clarence in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 1,747 at the 2000 census. 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 is most of the north part of the town.



The community was originally founded as Van Tines Corners around 1823.

Colgan Air Flight 3407 Plane Crash

On Thursday, 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 5 crew members, along with 1 resident on the ground whose house the plane impacted. The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 74-seat turboprop, was brand new, having been delivered in 2008.[1]


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)[2]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all land.

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


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,747 people, 622 households, and 508 families residing in the hamlet. The population density was 822.5 per square mile (318.2/km²). There were 634 housing units at an average density of 298.5/sq mi (115.5/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.

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