Rushville, New York

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Rushville, New York
A house in Rushville.
A house in Rushville.
Location in Yates County and the state of New York.
Location in Yates County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°45′40″N 77°13′34″W / 42.76111°N 77.22611°W / 42.76111; -77.22611Coordinates: 42°45′40″N 77°13′34″W / 42.76111°N 77.22611°W / 42.76111; -77.22611
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountiesYates, Ontario
Settled1790 (1790)
IncorporatedApril 24, 1866 (1866-04-24)
Named forBenjamin Rush
 • Total0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Land0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
876 ft (267 m)
 • Total677
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,042.25/sq mi (402.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)585
FIPS code36-64199
GNIS feature ID0963107
NY 245 and NY 247 south in Rushville

Rushville is a village in Ontario and Yates Counties in the U.S. state of New York. The population was 655 in the 2019 American Community Survey. Most of the Village of Rushville is within the Town of Potter in Yates County and a small part is in the Town of Gorham in Ontario County. It is one of two villages in Ontario County that is split between two townships and the only village in Ontario split between two counties.[3]


Rushville was originally called Federal Hollow. The town was called this because many its initial settlers favored the Federalist political party, and it is located in one Canandaigua Lake's many hollows, or valleys. Elias Gilbert was the first settler in Rushville, also opening one of the first saw mills on the West River in 1800.[4]

Federal Hollow became Rushvile in 1819, when it got a Post Station.[5] Town leadership chose the name in honor of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a hero of the American Revolution, at the suggestion of local doctor Ira Bryant. The first postmaster was Chester Loomis.

The Milton Wilson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[6]

In 2017, the village voted no to dissolution, 179 “no” to 96 “yes.”[7]

Famous past residents[edit]


Rushville is located at 42°45′40″N 77°13′34″W / 42.76111°N 77.22611°W / 42.76111; -77.22611 (42.761136, -77.226177).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.7 km2).None of the area is covered with water.

Rushville is in the Finger Lakes District of New York and lies between Canandaigua Lake and Seneca Lake. The West River flows southwest through the village.

Marcus Whitman Middle/High School is located just outside Rushville.

New York State Route 245 and New York State Route 247, pass, partly conjoined, through the Village of Rushville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)666[2]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

According to 2019 American Community Survey,[10] there were 655 people, 237 households, and 155 families residing in the village. The population density was 1026 people per square mile. There were 313 housing units. The racial makeup of the village was 96.8%% White, 1.1% African American, 0% Native American, 0% Asian, and 0.3% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8%% of the population.

There were 237 households, out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 60.3% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 48.5% of households had one or more people 60 years of age and over. The average household size was 2.7.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 22% under the age of 18, 12% from 20 to 29, 14% from 30 to 39, 10% from 40 to 49, 13% from 50 to 59, and 16% from 60 to 69. Overall, 17% of Rushville's population is 65 and older. The average age of a Rushville citizen is 39.7 years old.

The per capita income for a household in the village was $27,359, and the median income for a family was $43,047. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $27,961 for females. About 6.1% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line. 33.4% of the village has a high school education, with another 34.8marcu % completing some college. 9.4% have completed a bachelor's degree.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Varno, Submitted Ed. "HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY: Rushville — the 2-county village". MPNnow. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. ^ Varno, Submitted Ed. "HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY: Rushville — the 2-county village". MPNnow. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ Varno, Submitted Ed. "HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY: Rushville — the 2-county village". MPNnow. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^, Julie Sherwood. "Voters say 'no' to dissolving Rushville". MPNnow. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Bureau, US Census. "American Community Survey 5-Year Data (2009-2019)". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-02-01.

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