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Overview

Introduction to Jamestown, New York

Jamestown, New York, in Chautauqua county, is 43 miles E of Erie, Pennsylvania and 57 miles S of Buffalo, New York.

Jamestown History

The earliest European settler of the present day city of Jamestown was James Prendergast. He purchased around 3,500 acres of land in the area of Chautauqua County in 1806. It went on to be incorporated as a village in 1827, and as a city in 1886. There are two theories behind the naming of this community. According to one, it was named after its founder, James Prendergast. There are some people who believe that it was named after Jamestown, VA, however.

Jamestown and nearby Attractions

  • Lucy-Desi Museum
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
  • Fenton History Center
  • Busti Grist Mill
  • Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Jamestown

The city hosts interesting local celebrations, like the Luci-Desi Days every summer and the Busti Apple Festival every September.

Jamestown Transportation

Erie International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Jamestown Higher Education

Jamestown Community College and Jamestown Business College are the local institutions providing facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 30,546
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,207
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 40.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.3%
Median Earnings25+ $26,187
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,513

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,322
% Above Poverty Level 70.7%
% Below Poverty Level 29.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $587
Median House Value $63,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.8%
Irish 14.4%

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

Jamestown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles E of Erie, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles S of Buffalo, New York
County Chautauqua
Metro Area Jamestown
Standard Zip Codes 14701
P.O. Box Zip Codes 14702
Phone Area Codes 716
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.096
Longitude -79.235

Jamestown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station JAMESTOWN 4 ENE
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
Station LITTLE VALLEY
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station ALLEGANY STATE PARK
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 54 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bemus Point 192 $66,250
Celoron 1,183 $53,173
Falconer 2,573 $50,688
Frewsburg 2,207 $65,114
Lakewood 2,951 $55,547

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

Jamestown Public Libraries

Library
Hazeltine Public Library
891 BUSTI-SUGAR GROVE ROAD
Jamestown, New York
(716) 487-1281
Fluvanna Free Library
3532 FLUVANNA AVENUE EXTENSION
Jamestown, New York
(716) 487-1773
Library Web Site
James Prendergast Library Association
509 CHERRY STREET
Jamestown, New York
(716) 484-7135

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Jamestown Hospitals

WOMAN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
207 FOOTE AVENUE
(716) 487-0141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jamestown High Schools

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JAMESTOWN HS
350 E SECOND ST
716-483-3470
Serves 1,511 students.

SOUTHWESTERN SHS
600 HUNT RD W E
716-664-6273
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 590 students.

Jamestown Colleges

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