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Overview

Introduction to Elmira, New York

Elmira, New York, in Chemung county, is 74 miles SW of Syracuse, New York and 119 miles SE of Buffalo, New York. The city has a population of 30,940.

Elmira History

Captain Abraham Miller from the Continental Army was the first settler in this area. He built a cabin and settled here just before the Revolutionary War began. The origin of Elmira goes back to the formation of Chemung County in 1788. It was followed by the establishment of Newtown, which merged with DeWittsburg and Wisnerburg in 1792 to form Newtown Village. In 1808, the Village of Newtown officially changed its name to Elmira. It was incorporated as a city in 1864.

Elmira and nearby Attractions

  • First Arena
  • Chemung River
  • Mark Twain Golf Course
  • Elmira Country Club
  • Harris Hill Soaring Center
  • Park Station Campground

Things To Do In Elmira

Elmira provides opportunities for the enjoyment of a diverse array of recreational activities. From quality shopping and dining experiences to excellent provisions for outdoor activities, the city has it all. The Arnot Art Museum is situated in this area. The city is also home to the Eldridge Park Carousel which is the world’s fastest carousel. The Chemung River area provides facilities for boating, canoeing and fishing.

Elmira Transportation

Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Elmira Higher Education

Elmira College and Elmira Business Institute are the local institutions of higher education.

People

Total Population 29,046
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 10,536
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 32.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,623
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,889
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,280

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,908
% Above Poverty Level 69.6%
% Below Poverty Level 30.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation 4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $647
Median House Value $68,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 17.8%

Elmira Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles SW of Syracuse, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Chemung
Metro Area Elmira
Standard Zip Codes 14901, 14903, 14904, 14905, 14925
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14902
Phone Area Codes 607
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.089
Longitude -76.808

Elmira Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ELMIRA
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches
Station WAVERLY
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches
Station ADDISON
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 31 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Big Flats 5,247 $91,211
Corning 11,108 $65,577
Elmira Heights 4,111 $57,692
Millport 398 $36,250

Elmira Public Libraries

Library
Steele Memorial Library Association
101 EAST CHURCH STREET
Elmira, New York
(607) 733-9173
Library Web Site

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Elmira Hospitals

ST JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
555 EAST MARKET STREET
(607) 733-6541
Emergency Service: Yes

ARNOT OGDEN MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
600 ROE AVENUE
(607) 737-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Elmira High Schools

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SOUTHSIDE HS
777 S MAIN ST
607-735-3200
A Title I School.
Serves 1,184 students.

ELMIRA FREE ACAD
933 HOFFMAN ST
607-735-3100
A Title I School.
Serves 1,077 students.

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Historic Elmira

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Eldridge Park between 1890 and 1901

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Eldridge Park between 1890 and 1901

Eldridge Park between 1890 and 1901

Chemung River between 1890 and 1906

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