Overview - Erie County
Located on the western edge of New York State, Erie County is the home of Buffalo, the second-largest city in the state, as well as two other cities (Lackawanna and Tonawanda), 25 towns and 16 villages. The county population is roughly 919,000, making Erie County the eighth most-populated county in the state (ranking behind those in the bustling New York City metropolitan area). Buffalo once was among the largest cities in the U.S., buoyed by its location on the Erie Canal, which allowed goods to be shipped from the Midwest to New York City.
Buffalo is the home of professional sports teams like the Buffalo Bills (the only NFL team to play its games in New York State) the NHL Buffalo Sabres, and a Triple-A baseball team, the Buffalo Bisons. Buffalo also is the home of the world-famous Buffalo chicken wings, which were said to be started at the Anchor Bar, and other native cuisine, like the popular beef on kimmelweck sandwiches. The city is known for its historic buildings and is said to be the home of some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and 20th centuries, including some designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright. There’s plenty of history here: President Grover Cleveland once was Erie County sheriff before ascending to the presidency. Another president, William McKinley, was assassinated in Buffalo during the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, and his successor, Theodore Roosevelt, was sworn in at a home in Buffalo. Yet another president, Millard Fillmore, lived for years in East Aurora before he became president.