Introduction to Elmira, New York

Elmira, New York, in Chemung county, is 74 miles SW of Syracuse, New York and 119 miles SE of Buffalo, New York.

Elmira History

Captain Abraham Miller from the Continental Army was the first settler in this area. He built a cabin and settled here just before the Revolutionary War began. The origin of Elmira goes back to the formation of Chemung County in 1788. It was followed by the establishment of Newtown, which merged with DeWittsburg and Wisnerburg in 1792 to form Newtown Village. In 1808, the Village of Newtown officially changed its name to Elmira. It was incorporated as a city in 1864.

Elmira and nearby Attractions

  • First Arena
  • Chemung River
  • Mark Twain Golf Course
  • Elmira Country Club
  • Harris Hill Soaring Center
  • Park Station Campground

Things To Do In Elmira

Elmira provides opportunities for the enjoyment of a diverse array of recreational activities. From quality shopping and dining experiences to excellent provisions for outdoor activities, the city has it all. The Arnot Art Museum is situated in this area. The city is also home to the Eldridge Park Carousel which is the world’s fastest carousel. The Chemung River area provides facilities for boating, canoeing and fishing.

Elmira Transportation

Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Elmira Higher Education

Elmira College and Elmira Business Institute are the local institutions of higher education.


Total Population 28,817
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 9,824
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 31.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14%
Median Earnings25+ $26,213
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,836
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,373


Median Family Income $38,317
% Above Poverty Level 67.9%
% Below Poverty Level 32.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.8%


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $670
Median House Value $68,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 17.2%

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

Elmira Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles SW of Syracuse, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles SE of Buffalo, New York
County Chemung
Metro Area Elmira
Standard Zip Codes 14901, 14903, 14904, 14905, 14925
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14902
Phone Area Codes 607
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.089
Longitude -76.808

Elmira Climate

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

Station ELMIRA
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches
Distance 21.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Big Flats 5,303 $96,417
Corning 11,059 $65,030
Elmira Heights 3,945 $62,958

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

Elmira Public Libraries

Steele Memorial Library Association
Elmira, New York
(607) 733-9173
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Elmira Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(607) 733-6541
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(607) 737-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Elmira High Schools

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Eldridge Park between 1890 and 1901

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Eldridge Park between 1890 and 1901

Eldridge Park between 1890 and 1901

Chemung River between 1890 and 1906

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