Introduction to Pelham, New York

Pelham, New York, in Westchester county, is 1 miles W of New Rochelle, New York (center to center) and 14 miles NE of New York, New York. There are 6,400 residents in the village.

Pelham History

Thomas Pell purchased around 9,166 acres of land from the Siwanoys tribe on June 27, 1654, including the area now known as Pelham. Sections of Bronx County were also included. Pell named the area in honor of Pelham Burton, his tutor. After Thomas Pell died in 1669, his nephew John Pell, who was his sole heir, inherited the land. Pelham was earlier known as Pelham Heights and The Heights. It was incorporated as the Village of Pelham Manor in 1891.

Pelham and Nearby Attractions

  • Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
  • Tallman Mountain State Park
  • Museum of Bronx History
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Grants Tomb
  • New York Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Pelham

Several museums near Pelham include the Van Cortlandt House Museum, the City Island Nautical Museum, and the Hudson River Museum of Westchester. The New York Botanical Garden and the George Washington Bridge are popular attractions near the village. Pelham Bay Park has a marina, playgrounds, hiking trails, and biking paths. Riverbank State Park has a theater, restaurant, pool, athletic complex, and a skating rink. Bartow-Pell Mansion is a place of historic significance near Pelham.

Pelham Transportation

La Guardia is the nearest major airport.

Pelham Higher Education

Colleges nearest to Pelham include SUNY Purchase, College of New Rochelle, Sarah Lawrence College, and Manhattanville College.


Total Population 12,560
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,150
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $174,028
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 26.6%


People Living Alone 12.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,728
Median House Value $734,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.6%
Irish 18.4%

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

Pelham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of New Rochelle, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles NE of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10803
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.909
Longitude -73.808

Pelham 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 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bronxville 6,409 $250
Eastchester 32,880 $140,846

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

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