Newstead is the most northeastern town in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 8,594 at the 2010 census. The name is reportedly derived from Newstead Abbey in England.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.05 square miles (132.21 km), of which 50.76 square miles (131.46 km) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.74 km), or 0.56%, is water.
Newstead is in the northeast corner of the county, and Tonawanda Creek defines the northern boundary.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,404 people, 3,371 households, and 2,332 families residing in the town. The population density was 164.9 people per square mile (63.7/km²). There were 3,623 housing units at an average density of 71.1 per square mile (27.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.20% White, 0.40% African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.
There were 3,371 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $40,580, and the median income for a family was $50,255. Males had a median income of $34,306 versus $24,011 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,447. About 2.9% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.