Dunkirk, New York

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Dunkirk
Chadwicks Bay, Ganadawao[1]
City
Aerial view of Dunkirk, facing north over Lake Erie.
Aerial view of Dunkirk, facing north over Lake Erie.
Dunkirk is located in New York
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Location of Dunkirk in New York
Coordinates: 42°28′46″N 79°20′02″W / 42.47944°N 79.33389°W / 42.47944; -79.33389Coordinates: 42°28′46″N 79°20′02″W / 42.47944°N 79.33389°W / 42.47944; -79.33389[1]
Country United States
State New York
County Chautauqua
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Anthony J. Dolce (D)
 • Common Council
Area
 • Total 4.6 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Land 4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[1] 617 ft (188 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,563
 • Density 2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)
ZIP Code 14048
Area code(s) 716
FIPS code 36-21105
Website www.cityofdunkirk.com

Dunkirk is a city in Chautauqua County, New York in the USA. It was officially incorporated in 1880, though it was first settled around 1805.[2] The population was 12,563 at the 2010 census.[3] Dunkirk is bordered on the north by Lake Erie. It shares a border with the Village of Fredonia to the south, and with the Town of Dunkirk to the east and west. Dunkirk is the westernmost city in the state of New York.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Dunkirk takes its name from Dunkirk, in France.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.88%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 12,563 people, 5,477 households, and 3,690 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,774.6 people per square mile (1,119.2/km²). There were 6,071 housing units at an average density of 1,340.6 per square mile (517.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.70% White, 5.1% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.50 Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 9.14% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.40% of the population.

There were 5,477 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,313, and the median income for a family was $35,058. Males had a median income of $29,462 versus $21,682 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,482. About 18.5% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS[edit]

The City of Dunkirk has its own police force under the leadership of Police Chief Davy Ortolano. It employs full-time officers and part time dispatchers for the police department only. Dunkirk has a split paid and volunteer fire department under the leadership of Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom. There are four stations located throughout the city. The paid firefighters belong to Local 616, the union for the city's paid firefighters. The rest of the membership is volunteer.

As of 2011, Dunkirk Fire started handling 90 percent of EMS transports and billing accordingly. Alstar Ambulance still has a reduced contract with the city for Advanced Life Support when needed. In recent years, Dunkirk Fire's dispatching merged with the county dispatch center in Mayville but still maintains its FCC ID of KED 653.

Alstar Ambulance has its north county satellite station on Monroe St. in the City of Dunkirk just southwest of NY 60. Dispatching is still controlled by the main station in Jamestown via MEDCOM. Several transportable units as well as wheelchair transport vans and one medic fly car are housed here. There is a fenced in and pre lit landing pad located on the property for Starflight or any other medevac needing to use the landing pad.

Education[edit]

NRG Energy Power plant along Lake Erie in Dunkirk

Transportation[edit]

  • The Chautauqua County-Dunkirk Airport (DKK), located in the Town of Dunkirk, provides both training facilities and charter services.[5]
  • Railroad service in Dunkirk is served by CSX Transportation (via the Buffalo-Cleveland-Willard (Ohio)-Chicago Main Line) and Norfolk Southern Railway (Buffalo-Cleveland-Fort Wayne-Chicago Main Line).

Media[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Dunkirk, New York
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(23)
73
(23)
82
(28)
91
(33)
90
(32)
95
(35)
98
(37)
98
(37)
97
(36)
91
(33)
82
(28)
74
(23)
98
(37)
Average high °F (°C) 34
(1)
36
(2)
45
(7)
58
(14)
68
(20)
77
(25)
81
(27)
79
(26)
73
(23)
62
(17)
51
(11)
38
(3)
58.5
(14.7)
Average low °F (°C) 21
(−6)
21
(−6)
27
(−3)
38
(3)
48
(9)
58
(14)
63
(17)
62
(17)
56
(13)
45
(7)
36
(2)
26
(−3)
41.8
(5.3)
Record low °F (°C) −17
(−27)
−26
(−32)
−10
(−23)
10
(−12)
27
(−3)
35
(2)
43
(6)
37
(3)
32
(0)
21
(−6)
7
(−14)
−9
(−23)
−26
(−32)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.84
(72.1)
2.21
(56.1)
2.59
(65.8)
3.27
(83.1)
3.57
(90.7)
3.71
(94.2)
4.09
(103.9)
3.70
(94)
4.50
(114.3)
4.21
(106.9)
4.10
(104.1)
3.22
(81.8)
42.01
(1,067.1)
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

Notable natives[edit]

See also[edit]

John Fedyszyn WRITER WEEKLY STORIES OF LOCAL VETERANS

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