Clarence Center, New York

Clarence Center, New York
Location in Erie County and the state of New York
Location in Erie County and the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°0′40″N 78°38′5″W / 43°0′40″N 78°38′5″W / 43.01111; -78.63472UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)716
FIPS code36-15836
GNIS feature ID0946736

Clarence Center is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Clarence in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 2,257 at the 2010 census. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Clarence Center, within the south-central part of the town, is the location of most of the town government facilities, although the actual town hall is within the Clarence postal zone.

Clarence Center is also one of the postal zones in the town with a ZIP code of 14032. This area is most of the north part of the town.


The community was founded as Van Tines Corners around 1823.

Colgan Air Flight 3407 Plane Crash

On February 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm, a Continental Connection flight operated by Colgan Air went down in Clarence Center, killing all 44 passengers and five crew members, along with one resident on the ground whose house the plane impacted. The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 74-seat turboprop, was brand new, having been delivered in 2008. Up to a week after the crash, the entire neighborhood was closed off because of the numerous residents wanting to see the crash site.[1]