Introduction to Fredonia, New York

Fredonia, New York, in Chautauqua county, is 38 miles SW of Buffalo, New York. The village is located in the Jamestown metropolitan area.

Fredonia History

The present-day Village of Fredonia was originally inhabited by Mound Builder, Erie, Iroquoi and Seneca Native Americans, and was known as Canadaway. Robert Morris purchased the land and sold it to the Holland Land Company in 1791. The first European settlers of the area arrived in the early 1800s. William Hart dug a gas well in the village in 1821 and the Fredonia Gas Light Company was established in 1858, becoming the first natural gas company of United States. The village was incorporated in 1829.

Fredonia and nearby Attractions

  • D.R. Barker Historic Museum
  • Dunkirk Historical Museum
  • Lake Erie State Park
  • Lucile M Wright Air Museum
  • Lincoln Bedell Statue Park
  • Evangola State Park

Things To Do In Fredonia

During you stay in Fredonia, you can visit the Barker Darwin R. Museum and the Dunkirk Historical Museum to explore the area’s history and culture. You can also visit the Evangola State Park and Lincoln Bedell Statue Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Sugar Hill Golf Course. Apart from these, the village of Fredonia also organizes a number of recreational activities and events throughout the year such as the Victorian Dazzle and the Red, White and Blues Festival.

Fredonia Transportation

Air transportation is available from Buffalo International Airport.

Fredonia Higher Education

SUNY College at Fredonia is the local college. Jamestown Community College, D'youville College and Saint Bonaventure University also offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 10,881
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,569
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 35.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,536
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $616
Median House Value $128,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0%
English 13.7%
Irish 18.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fredonia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 38 miles SW of Buffalo, New York
County Chautauqua
Metro Area Jamestown
Standard Zip Codes 14063
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.44
Longitude -79.331

Fredonia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.1 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 20.6 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 29.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brocton 1,518 $46,429
Cassadaga 709 $59,792
Dunkirk 12,308 $46,434
Forestville 581 $49,091

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fredonia Public Libraries

Darwin R. Barker Library Association
Fredonia, New York
(716) 672-8051
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