Eden is a town located south of Buffalo, in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 7,688 at the 2010 census. The basis for choosing the town’s name is unknown. Eden is one of the interior “Southtowns” of Erie County, lying in the south-central part of the county and south of Buffalo. The first settler, Samuel Tubbs, arrived around the 1800s. The town of Eden was established in 1812 by partition of the (now defunct) town of Willink. Later, Eden gave up territory to form the towns of Evans and Hamburg. The town was called “Hill’s Corners” until 1822. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town of Eden has a total area of 39.86 square miles (103.24 km2), of which 39.79 square miles (103.06 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2), or 0.17%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,076 people, 2,855 households, and 2,235 families residing in the town. The population density was 202.8 inhabitants per square mile (78.3/km2). There were 2,995 housing units at an average density of 29.0 persons/km2 (75.2 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 98.33% White, 0.41% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Of the population 1.03% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 2,855 households, out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 7.9% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 21.7% were non-families.
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