Cheektowaga : New york

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What it's Like to Retire in Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, is located in Erie County and has a population of just over 75,000 (2010 census).  The town was named by the Erie-Seneca Indians and means "Land of Many Crabapples" due to the abundance of Hawthorn trees in the area.  Cheektowaga  was orginally a farming area, but was then developed during the World War II subdivison boom.  It has a strong blue collar presence with a large Polish-American commuity and continues to be a progressive township. Villa Maria College and Empire State College are both located here. Picture of Walden Galleria courtesy of Wikipedia and Kcin716.


Where to Retire in Cheektowaga and Home Prices

Cheektowaga is the second largest suburb of Buffalo.  The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home during the second quarter of 2016 was $129,600, in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls area.


What is special about Cheektowaga

Great city for sports with the NHL Buffalo Sabres and the NFL Buffalo Bills. The  Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is a 292 acre complex of forests, parks, and wetlands along with the  the Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, offer programs each month and snowshoe and ski adventures in the winter.  Rails to Trails has over four miles of paths which connects parks, preserves and neighborhoods around Cheektowaga.  Walden Galleria, is a large shopping mall.  World famous Niagara Falls is only about  25 miles away.


What is not special about Cheektowaga

Winters can be harsh; property taxes are on the high side; not a very walkable community.


Who will like retirement in Cheektowaga

Retirees who like living in a college town, living by a lake, and who enjoy sports.


Local economy is driven by

Construction, accommodations and food service


Climate and Physical Environment

The average low January temperature is 19 degrees, and  the average high July temperature is 80 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cheektowaga community Symphony Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic; Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve; Anna M Reinstein Library



Cheektowaga violent crime is below the national average, but the crime rate for personal property is above the national average.


Medical facilities

Erie County Medical Center is four miles away in Buffalo, as is the Upstate New York VA Healthcare System.  Rosewell Park Cancer Institute is seven miles away.



 Amtrak is two miles away; Buffalo Niagra International Airport is three miles away; Interstate 90 runs through Buffalo with a Cheektowaga exit.


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  • State: NY
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 4001-6000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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