Alden, New York
Location of New York in the United States
|o Mayor||Michael Manicki (R)|
|o Total||34.51 sq mi (89.38 km2)|
|o Land||34.31 sq mi (88.86 km2)|
|o Water||0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)|
|Elevation||863 ft (263 m)|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||292.47/sq mi (112.92/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
In 1856, the community of Alden in the town set itself off by incorporating as a village. The town was made more popular by the discovery of the black water baths in 1891. People would travel from Buffalo and from areas far east of the town to experience the healing powers of the black water baths.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.5 square miles (89.4 km2), of which 34.3 square miles (88.9 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.58%, is water.Ellicott Creek, a tributary of Tonawanda Creek and thence the Niagara River, flows westward through the north-central part of the town. Cayuga Creek, a tributary of the Buffalo River, flows westward through the southern part of the town.
The east town line is the border of Genesee County (town of Darien), while part of the south town line forms the border of Wyoming County (town of Bennington). Alden is also bordered by the town of Newstead (north), the town of Lancaster (west), and the town of Marilla (south).
This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alden has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,470 people, 3,278 households, and 2,484 families residing in the town. The population density was 303.9 people per square mile (117.3/km²). There were 3,398 housing units at an average density of 98.6 per square mile (38.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.96% White, 6.77% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 3,278 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 119.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $47,472, and the median income for a family was $53,969. Males had a median income of $32,458 versus $26,302 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,698. About 4.2% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Erie County Home, the Erie County Correctional Facility, and Wende Correctional Facility are located in the northwest part of the town.
The Alden Advertiser is a local newspaper servicing the community.