Tonawanda has the 304th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 12.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Tonawanda is part of the Buffalo metro area. Unemployment in the Buffalo area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Buffalo has the 53rd largest local economy in the US, and a average cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Tonawanda is below average at $45,060, and the median cost of a home in Tonawanda is $179,800, which is the same as the national average. 46% of workers in Tonawanda hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 91% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Tonawanda. 81% of Tonawanda workers drive to work alone, 3% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Tonawanda spend an average of 18 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.