Introduction to Geneseo, New York

Geneseo, New York, in Livingston county, is 26 miles SW of Rochester, New York (center to center) and 54 miles E of Buffalo, New York. It is part of the surrounding Rochester metro area, and is home to some 7,579 residents.

Geneseo History

This region was once the largest Seneca village of the Iroquois nation. The name "Geneseo" is the anglicized version of the original Iroquois name "Gen-nis-he-yo", meaning "beautiful valley". During the American Revolution, residents of this village joined hands with the British and Tories, and fought against General Washington's forces. In 1790, James and William Wadsworth arrived and established a village. In 1821, the village of Geneseo became the seat of Livingston County, and was officially incorporated in 1832. The United States Department of the Interior designated the Geneseo Historic District as a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

Geneseo and Nearby Attractions

  • Genesee Country Village & Museum
  • American Red Cross, Clara Barton House Chapter #1
  • Livingston County Historical Society Museum
  • The Homestead
  • Letchworth State Park
  • Seneca Park Zoo

Things To Do In Geneseo

The Geneseo Historic District includes the area's historic commercial center and the 102.8-acre Wadsworth estate. Several other 19th century buildings in the area include the Geneseo Baptist Church, the Soldiers Monument, Temple Hill Cemetery, and the Old Antheum Library. Genesee Country Village & Museum is New York State's largest living historic museum. The Genesee Valley Hunt, the oldest hunt club in the nation, is now the center of equestrian activities. The Letchworth State Park, which is spread across more than 14,000 acres, offers opportunities for swimming, camping, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding. In addition, the community organizes several festivals throughout the year including the Geneseo Air Show, the Memorial Day Parade, Conesus Lake Ring of Fire, Genesee Valley Hunt Races, and ChristmaSing.

Geneseo Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Greater Rochester International Airport.

Geneseo Higher Education

SUNY Geneseo is located in Geneseo. Rochester Institute of Technology, and Genesee Community College are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 10,590
Male Share of the Population 44.1%
Female Share of the Population 55.9%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,326
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 25%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $76,954
% Above Poverty Level 69.8%
% Below Poverty Level 30.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 26.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $752
Median House Value $157,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 13%
Irish 22.3%

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

Geneseo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles SW of Rochester, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Livingston
Metro Area Rochester
Standard Zip Codes 14454
Phone Area Codes 585
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.795
Longitude -77.817

Geneseo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches
Station AVON
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.8 inches
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Perry 4,497 $61,250

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

Geneseo Public Libraries

Wadsworth Library
Geneseo, New York
(585) 243-0440
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Geneseo High Schools

4050 AVON RD
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 506 students.

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