About This Place
West Seneca is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 44,711 at the 2010 census. West Seneca is a centrally-located interior town of the county, and a suburb of Buffalo. West Seneca, Orchard Park and Hamburg form the inner "Southtowns", a cluster of middle-class suburban towns.
Because the town is on land of the former Buffalo Creek Reservation, it was not open to white settlement until the mid-19th century.
In 1851, the town of Seneca was formed from parts of the towns of Cheektowaga and Hamburg. The town changed the name to West Seneca in 1852 to avoid confusion with another location in the state (Seneca, New York in Ontario County). In 1909 the area immediately south of Buffalo split from West Seneca, becoming the city of Lackawanna.