Introduction to Dunkirk, New York

Dunkirk, New York, in Chautauqua county, is 36 miles SW of Buffalo, New York. The city is located in the Jamestown metropolitan area. Dunkirk has a population of 13,131.

Dunkirk History

Dunkirk was originally settled in by Europeans in the early 1800s. The New York and Erie Railroad Company first entered the area in the 1850s. It was incorporated as a city in 1880 and named after the French port city of Dunkerque.

Dunkirk and nearby Attractions

  • Dunkirk Historical Museum
  • Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum
  • Evangola State Park
  • Lincoln Bedell Statue Park
  • Chautauqua Lake
  • McClurg Museum

Things To Do In Dunkirk

During you stay in Dunkirk, you can visit the Main Street Beach, Point Gratiot Beach and Wright Park Beach. Leisure hours can be spent at Washington Park, Memorial Park, Kosciusko Park, Point Gratiot Park or Veteran's Park. The Dunkirk Historic Lighthouse, Adams Art Gallery, Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt and the Lake Erie Wine Trail are also popular local spots. Niagara Falls is also a short drive away from the city. Apart from these, the City of Dunkirk also organizes several festivals and tourism events all through the year, including the Chautauqua County Fair and the July 4th Harborfest Celebration.

Dunkirk Transportation

Buffalo Niagara International is the nearest major airport.

Dunkirk Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered by SUNY College at Fredonia, SUNY at Buffalo, Erie Community College - South Campus and Jamestown Community College.


Total Population 12,386
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,511
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 39%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $30,050
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,329


Median Family Income $46,833
% Above Poverty Level 75.4%
% Below Poverty Level 24.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $603
Median House Value $62,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.9%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 10%

Dunkirk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 36 miles SW of Buffalo, New York
County Chautauqua
Metro Area Jamestown
Standard Zip Codes 14048
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14166
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.479
Longitude -79.334

Dunkirk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 32 F
Apr Temp 37 to 55 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches
Distance 30.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dunkirk, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Chadwick Bay (14048)

Van Buren Bay (14048, 14166)

Van Buren Point (14166)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brocton 1,553 $45,208
Cassadaga 600 $60,938
Farnham 374 $62,386
Forestville 791 $48,750
Fredonia 10,988 $58,849

Dunkirk Public Libraries

Dunkirk Free Library
Dunkirk, New York
(716) 366-2511
Library Web Site

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Dunkirk Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(716) 366-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

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