Clarence, Lancaster, Elma Set the Pace for County Population Growth

May 25, 2018
Clarence saw its population rise by 1,875 people, to an estimated 32,548. The only community with a larger raw increase in population was Amherst, which rose by 3,716 people, or 3 percent, to 126,082. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Clarence saw its population rise by 1,875 people, to an estimated 32,548. The only community with a larger raw increase in population was Amherst, which rose by 3,716 people, or 3 percent, to 126,082.

Outer-ring suburbs in the northern and eastern sections of Erie County where new housing abounds grew faster than any other communities in Erie County over the last seven years.

Clarence, Lancaster and Elma all grew more than 4 percent between 2010 and 2017, with Clarence’s population rising by 6 percent, according to the latest Census population estimates.

But 17 of the 22 towns and villages in Erie County that saw a population increase over that period were in the Southtowns.

And the 23 communities that shrank over the past seven years included a number of the county’s villages, the cities of Tonawanda and Lackawanna and the inner-ring suburbs of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga. Alden’s population fell by the sharpest rate – 7.5 percent.
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