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Overview

Introduction to Dunkirk, New York

Dunkirk, New York, in Chautauqua county, is 36 miles SW of Buffalo, New York. The city is located in the Jamestown metropolitan area.

Dunkirk History

Dunkirk was originally settled in by Europeans in the early 1800s. The New York and Erie Railroad Company first entered the area in the 1850s. It was incorporated as a city in 1880 and named after the French port city of Dunkerque.

Dunkirk and nearby Attractions

  • Dunkirk Historical Museum
  • Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum
  • Evangola State Park
  • Lincoln Bedell Statue Park
  • Chautauqua Lake
  • McClurg Museum

Things To Do In Dunkirk

During you stay in Dunkirk, you can visit the Main Street Beach, Point Gratiot Beach and Wright Park Beach. Leisure hours can be spent at Washington Park, Memorial Park, Kosciusko Park, Point Gratiot Park or Veteran's Park. The Dunkirk Historic Lighthouse, Adams Art Gallery, Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt and the Lake Erie Wine Trail are also popular local spots. Niagara Falls is also a short drive away from the city. Apart from these, the City of Dunkirk also organizes several festivals and tourism events all through the year, including the Chautauqua County Fair and the July 4th Harborfest Celebration.

Dunkirk Transportation

Buffalo Niagara International is the nearest major airport.

Dunkirk Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered by SUNY College at Fredonia, SUNY at Buffalo, Erie Community College - South Campus and Jamestown Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,186
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens14.7%
Employed Population 16+4,858
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married37%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.6%
Median Earnings25+$27,325
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,144

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,892
% Above Poverty Level71.8%
% Below Poverty Level28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone34.6%
Median Gross Rent$641
Median House Value$65,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.6%
Polish20.6%
Italian13.8%
Irish10.4%
English5.4%
Swedish2.1%
French Except Basque0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Russian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Haitian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
German0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Greek0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
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Dunkirk Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chautauqua County
Standard Zip Codes14048
P.O. Box Zip Codes14166
Phone Area Codes716
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.47
Approximate Longitude-79.33

Dunkirk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFREDONIA
Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 32 F
Apr Temp37 to 55 F
Jul Temp62 to 80 F
Oct Temp44 to 61 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationGOWANDA CORRECTIONAL
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.1 inches
StationLITTLE VALLEY
Distance30.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp31 to 53 F
Jul Temp55 to 78 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brocton1,578$46,012
Cassadaga710$56,750
Farnham365$61,833
Forestville628$51,607
Fredonia10,801$67,679
Silver Creek2,577$54,907

Dunkirk Public Libraries

Dunkirk Public Library
536 CENTRAL AVENUE
Dunkirk, New York
(716) 366-2511

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Dunkirk Hospitals

Brooks Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
529 Central Ave
(716) 363-7206

Dunkirk Public Schools

Dunkirk Middle School
525 Eagle St
ZIP: 14048
(716) 366-9300
Middle
Total Enrollment 465
Dunkirk Senior High School
75 W 6th St
ZIP: 14048
(716) 366-9300
High
Total Enrollment 602
School 3
742 Lamphere St
ZIP: 14048
(716) 366-9300
Primary
Total Enrollment 241
School 4
752 Central Ave
ZIP: 14048
(716) 366-9300
Primary
Total Enrollment 273
School 5
117 Brigham Rd
ZIP: 14048
(716) 366-9300
Primary
Total Enrollment 200
School 7
348 Lake Shore Dr E
ZIP: 14048
(716) 366-9300
Primary
Total Enrollment 293

Dunkirk Private Schools

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School
336 Washington Ave
ZIP: 14048
Elementary
Total Enrollment 150
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