Penn Yan, New York
|Penn Yan, New York|
|Named for||"Pennsylvania Yankee"|
|• Total||2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)|
|• Land||2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||728 ft (222 m)|
|• Density||2,200/sq mi (860/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0960144|
Penn Yan is an incorporated village in Yates County, New York, USA. The population was 5,159 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Yates County  and lies at the north end of the east branch of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.
Penn Yan Airport is south of the village.
The first frame dwelling at Penn Yan was built in 1799. The village became the county seat in 1823, when Yates county was created, and was incorporated in 1833.
The first settlers were chiefly followers of Jemima Wilkinson (1753–1819), a religious enthusiast, born in Cumberland Township, Providence County, Rhode Island, who asserted that she had received a divine commission. Wilkinson preached in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Obtaining a large tract (which was called Jerusalem in 1789) in the present Yates county, she founded in 1788 the village of Hopeton on the outlet of Keuka Lake about a mile from Seneca Lake. Many followers settled there, and she herself lived there after 1790. Some of her followers left her before 1800, and then the community gradually broke up.
The name of the village is said to have been contrived from the first syllables of "Pennsylvania" and "Yankee," as most of the early settlers were Pennsylvanians and New Englanders (or Yankees).
The village was the western terminus of the former Crooked Lake Canal.
In 1921 the Penn Yan Boat Company was founded by German immigrant Charles A. Herrman; it produced wooden and glass-fiber boats until 2001.
The Roderick M. Morrison House, Lake View Cemetery, Crooked Lake Outlet Historic District, Crescent Methodist Episcopal Church, Sampson Theatre, United States Post Office, Charles Wagener House, and Penn Yan Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- William Babcock, former US Congressman
- Nick Baxter, All-American Lease Professional
- Dan Beach Bradley, born July 18, 1804, studied here c. 1830 before serving as a highly regarded medical missionary to Siam, from 1835 until his death in Bangkok June 23, 1873.
- David Bordwell, prominent American film theorist, film critic, and author, grew up on a farm near Penn Yan.
- NFL running back Tony Collins grew up in Penn Yan.
- Sylvester J. Conklin, Wisconsin State Assemblyman, was born in Penn Yan.
- Samuel S. Ellsworth, former US Congressman
- John Imbrie, American paleooceonographer and MacArthur Fellow known for proving the theory of the Earth's ice ages, was born in Penn Yan.
- William M. Oliver. former US Congressman
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,219 people, 2,141 households, and 1,261 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,299.7 people per square mile (887.7/km2). There were 2,299 housing units at an average density of 1,013.1 per square mile (391.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.15% White, 0.67% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.
There were 2,141 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the village the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $29,278, and the median income for a family was $39,087. Males had a median income of $30,692 versus $19,263 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,848. About 9.7% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Temple, Robert D. Edge Effects: The Border-Name Places, (2nd edition, 2009), iUniverse, ISBN 978-0-595-47758-6, page 148.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Penn Yan". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Michael Rhode, Penn Yan Resident
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