Attica is a town in Wyoming County, New York. The population is 2,470 as of July 1, 2016. The town is named after a region in Greece.
The Town of Attica is on the north border of the county and contains part of a village also named Attica (the northern part of the village is within the adjacent town of Alexander in Genesee County).
The Town of Attica was established in 1811 from a part of the Town of Sheldon. In 1816, part of Attica was used to make the new Town of Orangeville.
Attica is the location of New York’s Attica Correctional Facility, which was the location of the infamous Attica Prison riot that occurred on September 13, 1971. That prison and the New York Wyoming Correctional Facility are located south of the Village of Attica.
The north town line is the border of Genesee County, New York.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93 km2), of which 35.7 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.83%) is water. Tonawanda Creek passes through the northwest part of the town.