Canisteo (village), New York

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Canisteo, New York
Canisteo, New York is located in New York
Canisteo, New York
Canisteo, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°16′13″N 77°36′24″W / 42.27028°N 77.60667°W / 42.27028; -77.60667Coordinates: 42°16′13″N 77°36′24″W / 42.27028°N 77.60667°W / 42.27028; -77.60667
Country United States
State New York
County Steuben
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,135 ft (346 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,336
 • Density 2,415.1/sq mi (932.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14823
Area code(s) 607
FIPS code 36-12254
GNIS feature ID 0945774

Canisteo is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 2,336 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Canisteo is in the northwest corner of the Town of Canisteo and is southeast of Hornell, New York.


An Indian village on this site, Kanestio Castle, was destroyed in 1765 by Sir William Johnson. Settlers began arriving at the new community around 1789. The largest growth came after the American Civil War when many factories opened. The village was incorporated in 1873.

Living Sign[edit]

The village is home of the "world famous living sign" which was once featured in a Ripley's "Believe it or Not!" book. The sign spells out the name of the village in Scots Pine trees and has been around for more than fifty years. It is maintained by the local school and is viewable from Greenwood street near the elementary school. The sign, which has almost a perfect North/South axis is still used by the armed services to orient true north when flying over it. The Canisteo Living Sign was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]

USS Canisteo[edit]

A US Navy fleet oil frigate (AO-99) once held the name USS Canisteo. It was utilized until the 1990s and even served time as part of the Cuban blockade during the missile crisis of the 1960s. The ship's official motto was "If freedom were easy we wouldn't be here".


Canisteo is located at 42°16′12″N 77°36′23″W / 42.27000°N 77.60639°W / 42.27000; -77.60639 (42.270178, -77.606616).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

The village is located at the junction of New York State Route 36 and New York State Route 248. County Route 28 joins New York State Route 36 south of the village and County Route 119 passes the north side of Canisteo.

The Canisteo River, flowing southeasterly, passes the north side of the village, where it is joined by Bennetts Creek.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,336 people, 948 households, and 626 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,415.1 people per square mile (929.8/km²). There were 1,024 housing units at an average density of 1,058.7 per square mile (407.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.16% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There were 948 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,269, and the median income for a family was $42,560. Males had a median income of $31,129 versus $22,857 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,818. About 7.8% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Sister cities[edit]

The following city has been identified as a sister city of Canisteo by Sister Cities International:[4]


  1. ^ Virginia L. Bartos (February 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Canisteo Living Sign". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Online Directory: Australia". Sister Cities International. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01.