Introduction to Olean, New York

Olean, New York, in Cattaraugus county, is 59 miles S of Cheektowaga, New York and 60 miles SE of Buffalo, New York. The city has a population of 15,347.

Olean History

The present day City of Olean was first settled in in 1765. It was named after Olean Shephard, the first white child born in the area. The post office was originally named Olean Point. In 1823, the name was simplified to Olean. It was incorporated as a city in 1854. Petroleum was found in the area in the 1820s. The discovery of oil in 1874 played a significant role in the development of the city.

Olean and nearby Attractions

  • Rock City Park
  • Bartlett House Museum
  • Eldred World War II Museum
  • Cattaraugus County Memorial Museum
  • Allegany State Park
  • Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Things To Do In Olean

While staying in Olean, leisure hours can be spent at the War Veterans Park, Oak Hill Park, Forness Park, Bradher Ball Park, Boardman Park, and Franchot Field. The city is also home to the renowned Rock City Park. You can also visit the Cattaraugus County Memorial Museum, Fannie E. Bartlett and Olean Point Museum, and Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. Apart from these, the City of Olean organizes several recreational events and special festivals throughout the year.

Olean Transportation

Bradford Regional Airport is nearby.

Olean Higher Education

Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County, the Continental School of Beauty Culture and the Olean Business Institute are some of the local colleges.


Total Population 14,232
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,610
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 41.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.2%
Median Earnings25+ $32,012
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,143
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,971


Median Family Income $52,435
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $632
Median House Value $70,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.3%
Irish 21.2%

Olean Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 59 miles S of Cheektowaga, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Cattaraugus
Standard Zip Codes 14760
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.077
Longitude -78.43

Olean Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 54 to 79 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 54 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 30 to 54 F
Jul Temp 54 to 78 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 41.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Olean, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Knapp Creek (14760)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Limestone 411 $53,906

Olean Public Libraries

Olean Public Library
Olean, New York
(716) 372-0200
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Olean Hospitals

(716) 373-2600
Emergency Service: Yes

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