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Chautauqua County, New York
Seal of Chautauqua County, New York
Map of New York highlighting Chautauqua County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
New York's location in the U.S.
Seat Mayville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,500 sq mi (3,885 km²)
1,062 sq mi (2,751 km²)
438 sq mi (1,134 km²), 29.20%
PopulationEst.
 - (2005)
 - Density

136,409
65/sq mi (25/km²)
Founded March 11, 1808
Website www.co.chautauqua.ny.us

Chautauqua County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2000 census, the population was 139,750. Its name may be a contraction of a Seneca Indian word meaning "bag tied in the middle". Its county seat is Mayville.

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History

Chautauqua County was created by partition of Genesee County on 1808-03-11[1]. This partition was performed under the same terms that produced Cattaraugus and Niagara Counties. The partition was performed for political purposes, but the counties were not properly organized, so they were all controlled as part of Niagara County.

On February 9, 1811, Chautauqua was completely organized, and so its separate government was launched[2]. This established Chautauqua as a county of 1,100 Square Miles (2,848.99 Square KM) of land. Chautauqua was never altered.

Geography

Chautauqua County, in the southwestern corner of New York State, along the New York-Pennsylvania border, is the westernmost of New York's counties. Chautauqua Lake is located in the center of the county, and Lake Erie is its northern border.

Part of the Eastern Continental Divide runs through Chautauqua County. The area that drains into the Conewango Creek (including Chautauqua Lake) eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico; the rest of the county's watershed empties into Lake Erie and out into the North Atlantic Ocean. This divide, known as the Chautauqua Ridge, can be used to mark the border between the Southern Tier and the Niagara Frontier. It is also a significant dividing point in the county's geopolitics, with the "North County" being centered around Dunkirk and the "South County" centered around Jamestown each having their own interests.[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,500 square miles (3,885 km²). 1,062 square miles (2,751 km²) of it is land and 438 square miles (1,134 km²) of it (29.20%) is water.

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Adjacent Counties/Borders

Major highways

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1820 12,568
1830 34,671 175.9%
1840 47,975 38.4%
1850 50,493 5.2%
1860 58,422 15.7%
1870 59,327 1.5%
1880 65,342 10.1%
1890 75,202 15.1%
1900 88,314 17.4%
1910 105,126 19.0%
1920 115,348 9.7%
1930 126,457 9.6%
1940 123,580 −2.3%
1950 135,189 9.4%
1960 145,377 7.5%
1970 147,305 1.3%
1980 146,925 −0.3%
1990 141,895 −3.4%
2000 139,750 −1.5%
Est. 2007[4] 133,945 −4.2%
Source[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 139,750 people, 54,515 households, and 35,979 families residing in the county. The population density was 132 people per square mile (51/km²). There were 64,900 housing units at an average density of 61 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.04% White, 2.18% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.73% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.3% were of German, 15.1% Italian, 11.6% Swedish, 10.9% English, 9.3% Polish, 9.2% Irish and 5.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.0% spoke English and 3.8% Spanish as their first language.

There were 54,515 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,458, and the median income for a family was $41,054. Males had a median income of $32,114 versus $22,214 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,840. About 9.70% of families and 13.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Chautauqua County was governed by a board of supervisors until 1975, when a new county charter went into effect with provisions for a county executive and a 13-seat county legislature.[7] The county council currently consists of 25 members each elected from single member districts.

Chautauqua County Executives
Name Party Took office Left office
Joe Gerace Democrat January 1, 1975 May 10, 1983
David Dawson (acting) Democrat May 10, 1983 November 25, 1983
John A. Glenzer Republican November 25, 1983 December 31, 1989
Andrew W. Goodell Republican January 1, 1990 December 31, 1997
Mark W. Thomas Democrat January 1, 1998 December 31, 2005
Gregory J. Edwards Republican January 1, 2006 Incumbent

Most of the county is in the 150th New York State Assembly district, represented by Democrat William Parment, with the exception of the eastern tier of towns, which are in the 149th district represented by Joseph Giglio. The entire county is within the bounds of New York's 27th congressional district (served by Brian Higgins) and the New York State Senate 57th district (served by Catharine Young). Prior to 2003, the county was part of New York's 31st congressional district (now the 29th), but was controversially redistricted out of that district and into what is now the 27th, and was replaced in the 29th district by Rochester suburbs that had never before been part of the district.

Chautauqua County has been a perfect bellwether county since 1980, having correctly voted for the winner of the presidential election in each election; the county missed twice between 1960 and 1976.

Education

Jamestown Community College has two campuses in the county at Jamestown and Dunkirk. The State University of New York at Fredonia is located in the northern part of the county. Jamestown Business College offers two year degrees and certificates in Jamestown.

Cities, Towns, Villages, and Hamlets

Cities Towns Villages Hamlets

Indian reservations

See also

Places named for Chautauqua County, New York

References

  1. ^ New York. Laws of New York.;31st Session; Chapter 40; Sections1—2; Page 266.
  2. ^ Doty, William J., et al.;Historic Annals of Southwestern New York.; 3 Volumes; New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company; 1940; Volume 1; Page 360.
  3. ^ Dean, Nicholas (2009-08-30). Legislators Cite North-South Discrepancies. The Post-Journal. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  4. ^ Population Estimates as of July 1, 2007 by U.S. Census Bureau
  5. ^ New York State Department of Economic Development
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ "3 MORE COUNTIES ADOPT CHARTERS", The New York Times (New York, New York): 59, 1973-11-25  

External links

Coordinates: 42°18′N 79°25′W / 42.30°N 79.41°W / 42.30; -79.41


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Chautauqua County, New York
Seal of Chautauqua County, New York
Map
File:Map of New York highlighting Chautauqua County.png
Location in the state of New York
Map of the USA highlighting New York
New York's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1808
Seat Mayville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 29.20%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2005)
 - Density

136409
Website: www.co.chautauqua.ny.us

Chautauqua County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2000 census, the population was 139,750. Its name is a contraction of a Seneca Indian word that could have a number of meanings, the common one being "where the fish was taken out." Its county seat is Mayville. Other cities and villages in Chautauqua County are Brocton, Cassadaga, Chautauqua, Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, Sherman, Sinclairville and Westfield.

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History

When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Chautauqua County was part of Albany County, which was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. That county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.

On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Tryon County, contained the western portion (and thus, since no western boundary was specified, theoretically still extended west to the Pacific). The eastern boundary of Tryon County was approximately five miles west of the present city of Schenectady, and the county included the western part of the Adirondack Mountains and the area west of the West Branch of the Delaware River. The area then designated as Tryon County now includes 37 counties of New York State. The county was named for William Tryon, colonial governor of New York.

In the years before 1776, most of the Loyalists in Tryon County fled to Canada. In 1784, following the peace treaty that ended the American Revolutionary War, the name of Tryon County was changed to Montgomery County in honor of the general, Richard Montgomery, who had captured several places in Canada and died attempting to capture the city of Quebec, replacing the name of the hated British governor.

Ontario County was split off from Montgomery County in 1789. In turn, Genesee County was split off from Ontario County in 1802. Genesee County was made smaller in 1806, by the splitting off from it of Allegany County.

Chautauqua County was formed in 1808, split off from Genesee County. However, until 1811, for record-keeping purposes Chautauqua County was treated as part of Niagara County.

Geography

Chautauqua County, in the southwestern corner of New York State, along the New York-Pennsylvania border, is the westernmost of New York's counties. Chautauqua Lake is located in the center of the county, and Lake Erie is its northern border.

Part of the Eastern Continental Divide runs through Chautauqua County. The area that drains into the Conewango Creek (including Chautauqua Lake) eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico; the rest of the county's watershed empties into Lake Erie and out into the North Atlantic Ocean. This divide can be used to mark the border between the Southern Tier and the Niagara Frontier.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,885 km² (1,500 sq mi). 2,751 km² (1,062 sq mi) of it is land and 1,134 km² (438 sq mi) of it (29.20%) is water.

Adjacent counties/borders

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 139,750 people, 54,515 households, and 35,979 families residing in the county. The population density was 51/km² (132/sq mi). There were 64,900 housing units at an average density of 24/km² (61/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.04% White, 2.18% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.73% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.3% were of German, 15.1% Italian, 11.6% Swedish, 10.9% English, 9.3% Polish, 9.2% Irish and 5.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 54,515 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,458, and the median income for a family was $41,054. Males had a median income of $32,114 versus $22,214 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,840. About 9.70% of families and 13.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Jamestown Community College has two campuses in the county at Jamestown and Dunkirk. The State University of New York at Fredonia is located in the northern part of the county. Jamestown Business College offers two year degrees and certificates in Jamestown.

See also

Places named for Chautauqua County, New York

External links

Coordinates: 42°18′N 79°25′W / 42.30, -79.41

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