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Overview  ★★★★★
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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.

Clarence was the first town to be established in Erie County, and Buffalo – the county seat, and the second-largest city in New York State – was formed from Clarence. Gypsum mining was done in Clarence in the 20th century. The town gained notoriety in 2009, when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center, killing dozens of passengers and four crew members. The town holds an annual 5K race to commemorate the event.

Local Museums/Landmarks
The Clarence Historical Society Museum is at 10465 Main St. Antique World Market is a sprawling flea market complex that is open year-round. The Asa Ransom House is a circa 1853 bed and breakfast named after Asa Ransom, one of the area’s earliest settlers.

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Public Schools  ★★★★★

The Clarence Central School District
Covering most of the town, Clarence Schools are consistently rated as top-performing schools in good standing according to state and federal guidelines – two having won acclaim as "Blue Ribbon" schools. Clarence graduates are routinely accepted to the country's leading colleges and universities.
1 high school, 1 middle school and 4 elementary schools.

Williamsville Central School District
The largest suburban school district in Western New York, Williamsville is consistently ranked as one of the top school districts in Western New York by independent sources that evaluate student performance data annually.
3 high schools, 4 middle schools and 6 elementary schools.

Lifestyle & Essentials  ★★★★★
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.

The Clarence Public Library is at Three Town Place, next to the Town Hall. The closest hospital is Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in neighboring Amherst.

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.

Movie theaters are nearby in Williamsville, at the Eastern Hills Cinema and the huge Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 & IMAX. Niagara Falls is a quick, half-hour drive northwest of Clarence, and Buffalo, with its many attractions, is only 20 miles southwest.
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Affordability  ★★★★★
Median household income: $95,315
Median value of owner-occupied housing: $271,300
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage: $1,900
Owner-occupied housing: 84.7%
Median gross rent: $942

Numbers given are projected estimates based upon 2010 US Census and adjusted to 2018 equivalent values.

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.

Local Town Reviews


Clarence schools are great! Neighborhoods are well kept.
    - Chris C.



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