Busti, New York

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Busti, New York
"Progress Since 1823"
Location within Chautauqua County and New York
Location within Chautauqua County and New York
Busti is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°4′N 79°18′W / 42.067°N 79.300°W / 42.067; -79.300
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorJesse Robbins (R)
 • Town Council
Members' List
 • Total47.84 sq mi (123.90 km2)
 • Land47.83 sq mi (123.87 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,463 ft (446 m)
 • Total7,351
 • Estimate 
 • Density153.23/sq mi (59.16/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-013-11451
GNIS feature ID0978768

Busti (/ˈbʌst/ BUST-eye) is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 7,351 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is named after Paul Busti, an official of the Holland Land Company, but its pronunciation uses a long i sound at the end, a frequent alteration in the names of several upstate New York towns. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[4]

The town of Busti is located at the south end of Chautauqua Lake, southwest of Jamestown.


Settlement began around 1811. The town of Busti was founded in 1823 from parts of the towns of Harmony and Ellicott. In 1900, the population was 2,192.

The Busti Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[5] The Dr. John Lord House was listed in 1991.[5]

Notable people[edit]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.9 km2), of which 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.03%, is water.[3]

The south town line is the border of Warren County, Pennsylvania.

New York State Route 474 intersects New York State Route 394 in the northwest corner of the town near Cottage Park.

The lakefront of northern Busti comprises a continuous line of hamlets, originally begun as vacation homes.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)7,328[2]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 7,760 people, 3,210 households, and 2,240 families residing in the town. The population density was 162.4 people per square mile (62.7/km2). There were 3,876 housing units at an average density of 81.1 per square mile (31.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.52% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 3,210 households, out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.2% 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 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,450, and the median income for a family was $47,798. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $26,148 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,602. About 4.5% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations[edit]

  • Ashville – A hamlet near the northwest part of the town on Route 474.
  • Ashville Bay – A lakeside hamlet on the shore of Chautauqua Lake.
  • Boomertown – A hamlet south of Ashville, located on County Road 30.
  • Busti – The hamlet of Busti at the junction of County Roads 28 and 45 near the center of the town.
  • Cottage Park – A hamlet near the shore of Chautauqua Lake in the northwest part of the town.
  • Lakewood – The village of Lakewood and the location of the town government is on the shore of Chautauqua Lake.
  • Loomises – A lakeside hamlet on Chautauqua Lake.
  • Maple Point – A lakeside hamlet on the shore of Chautauqua Lake.
  • Shermans Bay – A hamlet on the shore of Chautauqua Lake and Route 394.
  • Vukote – A lakeside hamlet on the shore of Chautauqua Lake.
  • Stateline Speedway – A historic 1/3 mile dirt track, located on Kortwright Road


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Busti town, Chautauqua County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. viii. ISBN 9781440507397.
  5. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°4′N 79°18′W / 42.067°N 79.300°W / 42.067; -79.300