Cheektowaga, NY


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Cheektowaga is a town (also a Census-designated Place, see below) in Erie County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 94,019. The name comes from the Iroquoian word Ji-ik-do-wa-gah, meaning the place of the crab apple tree. Cheektowaga has a large Polish-American community, and about 39.9% of population is of Polish heritage.[citation needed]
The Town of Cheektowaga is in the north-central part of the county. It is the second largest suburb of Buffalo, New York next to Amherst.[citation needed] Cheektowaga CDP and Cheektowaga Town contain the site of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the principal airport of Erie County.
Villa Maria College and the Walden Galleria are located in Cheektowaga.