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Welcome to Clarence, NY


Clarence is a fast-growing town in northeastern Erie County, bordered to the north by Tonawanda Creek and Lockport (Niagara County), to the east by Newstead, to the south by Lancaster, and to the west by Amherst. The town’s population jumped by more than 17 percent from 2000 to 2010, and more than 30,000 people now reside in Clarence. Part of the town is suburban, and the rest is light industry and agricultural. The town has several hamlets – most notably, Clarence Center – and many communities, but no incorporated villages.


For grocery shopping, Clarence has a Dash’s Mart at 8845 Main St. There are three Top’s Friendly Market stores in neighboring Amherst, including one on Transit Road in East Amherst. Wegmans has two supermarkets in nearby Williamsville, on Transit Road and on Sheridan Drive. Clarence has a Walgreen’s and Rite Aid pharmacy. For retail shopping, several options can be found including Walmart, Eastern Hills Mall, and Best Buy.  

Recreation & Entertainment

One of the largest antique-flea market complexes in the region is Antique World Market in Clarence. A quick drive south is the Lancaster Opera House in Lancaster, which hosts a variety of shows and plays. Golfers will enjoy Greenwood Golf Course in Clarence Center and the Glen Oak Golf Course in nearby East Amherst, as well as several other nearby courses. 

Transportation & Traffic

The New York State Thruway passes through the southeastern part of Clarence, and a service area on the Thruway is named for Clarence. Route 5 is an east-west highway that passes through the southern part of town, and Route 78, also known as Transit Road, is a busy roadway that marks the west town line.

Pros & Cons

This is a fast-growing community with quick access to the Thruway and the busy Transit Road. Part of the town has a suburban feel, while the rest retains a rural, agricultural feel, along with pockets of light industry. The many attractions of Buffalo and Niagara Falls are a quick drive away.