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Niagara Falls is a city in Niagara County, in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga metro area.

The community name derives from Iroquoian for "point of land cut in two."

The latitude of Niagara Falls is 43.094N. The longitude is -79.056W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 614 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 53,989.


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Median household income
Local
$26,800
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Niagara Falls demographic reports
Niagara Falls is on the eastern bank of the Niagara River.
The first published view of the falls was a sketch made by Father Louis Hennepin in 1678.

One of the world's largest hydroelectric plants is located here.

A favorite among thrillseekers on tightrope and in barrels. "The Great Blondin" was the first to cross by tightrope, in 1859.
Niagara Falls received national attention for President Jimmy Carter's 1978 declaration of Love Canal as a federal emergency, because of tons of toxic waste dumped there
Filming location for:
· 2003 movie, "Bruce Almighty"
· 1995 movie, "Canadian Bacon"
Well-known residents have included:
· Tommy Tedesco, guitarist
Local festivals include:
  • Niagara International Kite Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Niagara Falls web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Devil's Hole, Niagara Reservation, Reservoir and Whirlpool state parks
Niagara Falls attractions: River cruises, Aquarium of Niagara, Wintergarden Botanical Garden
Historic sites and museums: Daredevil Museum, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Colleges and universities: Niagara University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 57
Quotes:
Niagara Falls, Canada, draws the fun seekers; Niagara Falls, USA is home to the lunch-pail crowd.
-- Niagara: A History of the Falls
Pierre Berton

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Niagara Falls demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Niagara County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Buffalo-Niagara Falls area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14301 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Niagara Falls residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Niagara Falls ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Niagara Falls was $15,721, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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13% of Niagara Falls residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Niagara Falls include Deveaux School Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Niagara Falls, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $342.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $821.


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Libraries in Niagara Falls include Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Falls Public Library - Lasalle Branch ... View libraries

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Niagara County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Niagara Falls political report.

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The average commute time for Niagara Falls workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Niagara Falls between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Niagara Falls, Canada, draws the fun seekers; Niagara Falls, USA is home to the lunch-pail crowd. ”
~ Niagara: A History of the Falls
Pierre Berton

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