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Welcome to Lancaster ...

The village of Lancaster is located in Erie County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Lancaster, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1833.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lancaster has a population of 10,085 people<2> (see below for details).

Lancaster is 670 feet [204 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Lancaster: (716)

The ZIP code for Lancaster: 14086<4>

Websites for Lancaster ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lancaster had an population of 10,085 people. This is a decrease of 2.58% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 9.86% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lancaster had a population of 10,352 people. This makes Lancaster the county's 19th most populous community.

The population of Lancaster represents 0.05% of the population of New York (which has 19,378,102 people), making it the state's 238th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 10,352 people, the population of Lancaster decreased 7.47% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 11,188 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lancaster.

Communities Also Named Lancaster ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 38 communities that are also named Lancaster - they are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri (2), New Brunswick, New Hampshire, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lancaster.

Communities near Lancaster ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lancaster.

  • Buffalo
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
  • North Tonawanda
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Tonawanda
    • North Tonawanda is located in Niagara County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,050 people
  • Fort Erie
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
  • Lockport
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
  • Lackawanna
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
  • Kenmore
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Tonawanda
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Hamburg
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
  • East Aurora
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Aurora have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Aurora
    • East Aurora is located in Erie County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,165 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Aurora <5>
  • Sloan
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sloan have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sloan
    • Sloan is located in Erie County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,522 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lancaster. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lancaster.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lancaster. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lancaster.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lancaster. Our list includes 14 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Lancaster.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lancaster ...

Looking for more information about Lancaster? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lancaster, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lancaster.

Adding Lancaster to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lancaster in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Lancaster was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Lancaster post office opened in 1833.

We also found Lancaster in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Lancaster.

The official website for Lancaster:

The official website for Erie County:

The official website for State of New York:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Erie, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lancaster.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lancaster - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Lancaster). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lancaster or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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