Allegany (town), New York
|Elevation||1,421 ft (433.1 m)|
|Area||71.7 sq mi (185.7 km2)|
|- land||71.2 sq mi (184 km2)|
|- water||0.5 sq mi (1 km2), 0.7%|
|Density||111.6 / sq mi (43.1 / km2)|
|Town Supervisor||Patrick Eaton (D)|
|- Town Council|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Website: Town of Allegany|
The origin of the name Allegany is uncertain. It may have come from the name of a tribe called Allegewi that lived along the Allegheny River’s banks. It may also be based on an old Native American word meaning ‘lovely’ or ‘beautiful.’
The town was first settled around 1820 by Ebenezer Reed who moved from Connecticut. The Town of Allegany was formed on April 18, 1831 as the "Town of Burton" from a part of the town of Great Valley. On March 28, 1851, the name was changed to "Allegany."
In 1836, part of Allegany was used to form the Town of Humphrey.
A new community to be called "Allegany City" was proposed in 1837 to be built south of the Village of Allegany, but the plan was halted after a planned railroad changed its route.
Civil War sergent Willard M. Smith was born in Allegany.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 71.7 square miles (185.6 km²), of which, 71.2 square miles (184.3 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (0.68%) is water.
The Allegheny River flows through the town. The Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86 and New York State Route 17) passes across the town. New York State Route 417 (Old State Road) parallels the Expressway, and New York State Route 16 passes through the southeast corner of the town.
Adjacent towns and areas
Allegany is bordered to the south by the townships of Foster and Otto in McKean County, Pennsylvania. The Towns of Hinsdale and Olean form the east boundary. Allegany shares its north boundary with the Town of Humphrey and its west boundary with the Towns of Great Valley and Carrollton.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,230 people, 2,599 households, and 1,764 families residing in the town. The population density was 115.6 people per square mile (44.6/km²). There were 2,862 housing units at an average density of 40.2 per square mile (15.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.40% White, 0.79% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.
There were 2,599 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the town the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 26.6% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,818, and the median income for a family was $45,972. Males had a median income of $36,801 versus $24,420 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,667. About 3.1% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Allegany
- Allegany – The Village of Allegany in the eastern part of the town on NY Route 417 and south of the Southern Tier Expressway.
- Allegany Reservation – Part of the reservation is in the town.
- Chipmonk – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town at the intersection of Chipmunk and Flatstone Roads and the confluence of Chipmonk and Flatstone Creeks.
- Crestview – A hamlet at the north border of Allegany village.
- Four Mile – A hamlet near the east town line on NY Route 16.
- Harrisburg – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
- Rock City – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town, so named for its impressive ocean spar rock exposures.
- Knapp Creek – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town on NY Route 16.
- Nichols Run – A hamlet on NY Route 45 by the south town line near Harrisburg and Knapp Creek.
- Pumpkin Hollow – A location near the north town line.
- St. Bonaventure University – A college south of Allegany village.
- Wing Hollow – A location northwest of Allegany village. Location of a long defunct ski operation, but the trails are still visible on the hillside.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Town of Allegany, NY website
- Allegany Virtual Tours & Photo Gallery
- Allegheny River Trail Photo Album
- Early history of Allegany
- Allegany forum