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Time Zone: Erie County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Buffalo is the Seat for Erie County.

Erie County was founded in 1821 and was created by taking area from NiagaraCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Erie had a population of 909,247 people. This is a decrease of 4.32% since the last Census (which gave a population of 950,265 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Erie represented 5.01% of the total population of New York, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 62 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010919,040-3.29%+1.08% since 2009
2009909,247-4.32% 
2008909,858-4.25%-0.21% since 2007
2007911,784-4.05% 
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2000950,265The Last Census

More information can be found on the Erie County Census Page for Erie County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Erie County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Erie County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Buffalo   270,240292,6487.66% decrease  
Amherst   115,535116,5100.84% decrease  
Cheektowaga   87,49694,0196.94% decrease  
Tonawanda   71,74978,1558.2% decrease  
Hamburg   55,98956,2590.48% decrease  

Websites for Erie County

Official Website:   www.erie.gov/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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