Depew (/dəˈpju/) is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 15,303 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is named for Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1892), the president of the New York Central Railroad and later a US senator (1899-1911) who was one of the original investors who bought the land for the village which was incorporated in 1894.
Depew is located at 42°54′42″N 78°42′6″W / 42.91167°N 78.70167°W / 42.91167; -78.70167 (42.911758, -78.701600).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13 km), all of it land.
Depew straddles the towns of Lancaster and Cheektowaga and is 11 miles (18 km) east of downtown Buffalo. Depew is bordered to the east by the village of Lancaster.
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,629 people, 6,832 households, and 4,625 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,282.0 people per square mile (1,266.4/km²). There were 7,101 housing units at an average density of 1,401.5 per square mile (540.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.94% White, 0.63% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.
There were 6,832 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the village, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $42,232, and the median income for a family was $50,021. Males had a median income of $35,219 versus $25,604 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,914. About 3.6% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
According to the New York State Department of Health, residents of the Village of Depew report instances of psychosis and schizotypal personality disorder 28% higher than the statewide average and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease 42% higher than the statewide average, adjusted for population.