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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,583
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+10,189
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married31.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.5%
Median Earnings25+$26,047
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,063
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,840

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,376
% Above Poverty Level68.3%
% Below Poverty Level31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.9%
% Using Public Transportation5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$672
Median House Value$70,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30%
Irish16.9%
Italian11.8%
English7.5%
Polish4.2%
Dutch2.4%
Scottish1.9%
German1.4%
Welsh1.3%
French Except Basque1.3%
Arab1%
Swedish0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
African0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Elmira Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chemung County
Standard Zip Codes14901, 14904, 14905, 14925, 14903
P.O. Box Zip Codes14902
Phone Area Codes607
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.09
Approximate Longitude-76.75

Elmira Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationELMIRA
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.9 inches
StationWAVERLY
Distance15.4 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp32 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.1 inches
StationADDISON
Distance21.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 32 F
Apr Temp31 to 58 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Big Flats7,793$91,925
Corning10,978$65,451
Elmira Heights3,899$62,950
Horseheads19,592$74,667
Millport490$43,750
Wellsburg553$50,313

Elmira Public Libraries

Chemung County Library District
101 EAST CHURCH STREET
Elmira, New York
(607) 733-9173

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Elmira Hospitals

St Josephs Hospital
555 St. Joseph's Boulevard
Arnot Ogden Medical Center
(Non-profit)
600 Roe Ave
(607) 737-4100

Elmira Public Schools

Diven School
1115 Hall St
ZIP: 14901
(607) 735-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Elmira Psychiatric Center
100 Washington St
ZIP: 14901
(607) 737-4874
Other
Total Enrollment 16
Ernie Davis Middle School
610 Lake St
ZIP: 14901
(607) 735-3400
Fassett Elementary School
309 W Thurston St
ZIP: 14901
(607) 735-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Thomas K Beecher School
310 Sullivan St
ZIP: 14901
(607) 735-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Schuyler-steuben-chemung-tioga-allegany Boces
459 Philo Rd
ZIP: 14903
(607) 739-3581
Other
Total Enrollment 408
Broadway Academy
1000 Broadway
ZIP: 14904
(607) 735-3300
Middle
Total Enrollment 454
Broadway Elementary School
1000 Broadway
ZIP: 14904
(607) 735-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Elmira High School
777 S Main St
ZIP: 14904
(607) 735-3201
High
Total Enrollment 1300
Parley Coburn School
216 Mt Zoar St
ZIP: 14904
(607) 735-3650
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Riverside School
409 Riverside Ave
ZIP: 14904
(607) 735-3850
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Ernie Davis Academy
933 Hoffman St
ZIP: 14905
(607) 735-3100
Other
Total Enrollment 928
Hendy Avenue School
110 Hendy Ave
ZIP: 14905
(607) 735-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 554

Elmira Private Schools

Holy Family Middle School
1010 Davis St
ZIP: 14901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Chemung Valley Montessori School
23 Winters Rd
ZIP: 14903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 101
Elmira Christian Academy
235 E Miller St
ZIP: 14904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 83
Holy Family Elementary School
421 Fulton St
ZIP: 14904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 132
Norte Dame High School
1400 Maple Ave
ZIP: 14904
Secondary
Total Enrollment 226
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Historic Elmira

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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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