Introduction to Wellsville, New York

Wellsville, New York, in Allegany County, is 67 miles SE of Cheektowaga, New York and 71 miles SE of Buffalo, New York.

Wellsville History

This area was settled by Allegany County pioneers sometime around 1795. The Town of Wellsville was created from a portion of Scio in 1856, and incorporated as a village in 1857. It was named in honor of Garner Wells, a wealthy local landowner. During the mid 1800s, tanning was the primary industry of the town, but oil soon took over as the main industry.

Wellsville and nearby Attractions

  • Allegany County Museum
  • American Red Cross, Clara Barton House Chapter #1
  • Stony Brook State Park
  • Arcade & Attica Railroad
  • Schein-Joseph International Museum Of Ceramic Art

Things To Do In Wellsville

The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally is held in Wellsville every year during the third weekend of July, attracting numerous tourists. The Ridgewalk & Run trail race has been held in Wellsville every year since 1993 as well. The Howe Library hosts "Music on the Lawn" every Thursday during the summer. The Wellsville Creative Arts Center provides art classes, has a coffee house and also organizes live entertainment programs. The Stony Brook State Park has a beach, swimming pools, a playground and picnic tables, while also offering camping, fishing and hiking opportunities.

Wellsville Transportation

Greater Rochester International is the closest major airport.

Wellsville Higher Education

SUNY College of Technology, Saint Bonaventure University, Corning Community College and Genesee Community College are all accessible from Wellsville.


Total Population 7,256
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 21.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,008
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,650
% Above Poverty Level 82.8%
% Below Poverty Level 17.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $579
Median House Value $69,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 16.1%
Irish 17.6%

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

Wellsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles SE of Cheektowaga, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Allegany
Standard Zip Codes 14895
Phone Area Codes 585
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.121
Longitude -77.948

Wellsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.4 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 12.4 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
Distance 30.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 1,010 $54,792

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

Wellsville Public Libraries

David A Howe Public Library
Wellsville, New York
(585) 593-3410
Library Web Site

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Wellsville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(716) 593-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 493 students.

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