Introduction to Corning, New York

Corning, New York, in Steuben county, is 75 miles SE of Rochester, New York and 106 miles SE of Buffalo, New York.

Corning History

Corning was first settled in by Europeans in 1796. The area was named after one of its early developers, Erastus Corning. It was originally incorporated as a village in 1848. In 1890, it was reincorporated as a city. Though the city is famous for its glass industry, lumber was the first real industry of the region. Corning is also known as the Crystal City.

Corning and nearby Attractions

  • Spencer Crest Nature Center
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum Complex
  • Rockwell Museum of Western Art
  • Painted Post Depot Museum
  • Watkins Glen State Park

Things To Do In Corning

In Corning, you can spend your leisure hours at Denison Park, Stewart Park or Meadows Park. The Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum Complex, Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art are also popular local spots. Bloody Run is the site of a battle between the Americans forces and Native American Villagers. The city also offers several shopping centers.

Corning Transportation

Air transportation is available from Elmira/ Corning Regional Airport.

Corning Higher Education

Corning Community College is the local college. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Ithaca College also offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 11,059
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,516
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $65,030
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 38.9%
Median Gross Rent $677
Median House Value $101,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0%
English 13.6%
Irish 19.9%

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

Corning Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 75 miles SE of Rochester, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Steuben
Standard Zip Codes 14830
Company Zip Codes 14831
Phone Area Codes 607
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.142
Longitude -77.055

Corning Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.3 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
Station BATH
Distance 20.8 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 35 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 77 F
Oct Temp 38 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Addison 2,573 $55,208
Big Flats 5,303 $96,417
Elmira Heights 3,945 $62,958

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

Corning Public Libraries

Southeast Steuben County Library
Corning, New York
(607) 936-3713
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Corning Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(607) 937-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

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