Introduction to Horseheads, New York

Horseheads, New York is 69 miles SW of Syracuse, New York (center to center) and 116 miles SE of Buffalo, New York. It is located in Chemung county and is part of the Elmira metro area.

Horseheads History

The Village of Horsehead was founded in 1830 and was incorporated in 1837. At that time it was called the Village of Fairport, but its name was to change three time’s first to Horseheads, then North Elmira and finally back to Horseheads in 1886. The village was named because during the American Revolutionary War, the Revolutionary forces slaughtered starving horses for food in the same area. Earlier the location was known as "The Valley of Horses Heads". Horseheads was also a port on the Chemung Canal at one time.

Horseheads and Nearby Attractions

  • Arnot Art Museum
  • Tioga Scenic Railroad
  • Bement-Billings Farmstead
  • Buttermilk Falls State Park
  • Ross Park Zoo

Things To Do In Horseheads

Horseheads Historical Museum, the Science and Discovery Center, and the National Warplane Museum are located in Horseheads. Teal Park, Mark Twain State Park, and Buttermilk Falls State Park offer opportunities for recreational activities such as biking, picnicking, and hiking. Popular art museums and galleries near the village include Arnot Art Museum, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and Rockwell Museum of Western Art. A trip may be planned to the Seabreeze Amusement Park which is not far from the village. This waterpark has more than 70 attractions, rides, and games.

Horseheads Transportation

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Horseheads Higher Education

Elmira College and Corning Community College are the closest colleges to Horseheads. Nearby colleges include Ithaca College and Cornell University.


Total Population 19,630
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 9,184
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $37,319
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,522
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,006


Median Family Income $73,906
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $805
Median House Value $116,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.9%
US/American 0%
English 12%
Irish 16.7%

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

Horseheads Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles SW of Syracuse, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 116 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Chemung
Metro Area Elmira
Standard Zip Codes 14845
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14844
Phone Area Codes 607
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.166
Longitude -76.82

Horseheads Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ELMIRA
Distance 4.8 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
Distance 18.7 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
Distance 21.4 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 5,303 $96,417
Elmira 28,817 $38,317
Elmira Heights 3,945 $62,958

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

Horseheads Public Libraries

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