Introduction to Hornell, New York

Hornell, New York, in Steuben county, is 57 miles S of Rochester, New York and 73 miles SE of Buffalo, New York.

Hornell History

The area was originally settled in 1790, when it was known as Upper Canisteo. It was incorporated as a town in 1820 under the name Hornellsville, in honor of early settler and Indian trader George Hornell, who constructed the area's first gristmill. The New York and Erie Railroad arrived in the area in the mid 19th century. This resulted in significant growth and development of the community. In 1888, the area was reincorporated as the City of Hornellsville. It was finally renamed Hornell in 1906.

Hornell and nearby Attractions

  • Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art
  • Stony Brook State Park
  • American Red Cross, Clara Barton House Chapter #1
  • Erie Depot Museum
  • Mount Morris Dam
  • Arcade & Attica Railroad

Things To Do In Hornell

The working headquarters of the American Red Cross is located near Hornell. The city is home to the Erie Depot Museum, which showcases exhibits reflecting the railroad and community's history. The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art houses a collection of around 8,000 glass and ceramic objects. Mount Morris Dam, another popular destination in the area, is in the Genesee River gorge and was built in the mid 1900s. Opportunities for hiking, swimming, camping and picnicking are available at Stony Brook State Park.

Hornell Transportation

Air transportation is available from Greater Rochester International Airport.

Hornell Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, Corning Community College, SUNY College at Geneseo and Finger Lakes Community College.


Total Population 8,471
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,297
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,478
% Above Poverty Level 74.1%
% Below Poverty Level 25.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $618
Median House Value $64,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.5%
Irish 24.8%

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

Hornell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 miles S of Rochester, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Steuben
Standard Zip Codes 14843
Phone Area Codes 607
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.327
Longitude -77.661

Hornell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ALFRED
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 28 to 55 F
Jul Temp 52 to 81 F
Oct Temp 33 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
Station BATH
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 28 to 54 F
Jul Temp 52 to 79 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arkport 760 $58,611
Avoca 2,240 $49,728
Canaseraga 600 $32,206
Canisteo 3,339 $57,800

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

Hornell Public Libraries

Hornell Public Library
Hornell, New York
(607) 324-1210
Library Web Site
Howard Public Library
Hornell, New York
(607) 566-2412

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Hornell Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(607) 324-8703
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 973 students.

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