Harris Hill, New York

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Harris Hill is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) located in the Town of Clarence in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 4,881 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The region is named after Asa Harris, a former officer in the American Colonial Army, who established a tavern near the top of a low hill northeast of Buffalo.



Harris Hill is located at 42°58′1″N 78°40′40″W / 42.96694°N 78.67778°W / 42.96694; -78.67778 (42.967058, -78.677828)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the region has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.5 km²), all land.

Harris Hill is in the southwest corner of the town and is centered on the intersection of Main Street (NY Route 5) and Harris Hill Road.

To the south east of Harris Hill is a large crushed stone Quarry that plunges some 30 meters in to the bedrock. The quarry now owned by Buffalo Crushed Stone was opened in 1904


Asa Harris's Tavern was a stop on the Underground railroad. Freed slaves would sneak under Main Street (NY Route 5) through limestone caves and exit north at the bottom of the Onondaga (geological formation) in to a swampy forest. The tavern has since been repurposed as the Home Town Cleaners. It has since been renamed Reed's Laundry and Dry cleaning.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,881 people, 1,859 households, and 1,435 families residing in the community. The population density was 1,207.0 per square mile (466.5/km²). There were 1,992 housing units at an average density of 492.6/sq mi (190.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.38% White, 0.51% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

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