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Olean is a city in Cattaraugus County.

Olean is in the Southern Tier region.

The community was named after Olean Shephard, first white child born here
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Olean. For links to other places called Olean, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Olean is 42.077N. The longitude is -78.43W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,447 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 14,989.


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Median household income
Local
$30,400
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Olean demographic reports
Olean is on the Allegheny River.
Former and merged names include:
· Hamilton
· Olean Point
Olean developed with the movement west; people leaving New England and eastern New York traveled the river.

The discovery of oil in the region brought later growth.

Until completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, thousands of immigrants traveled from Olean by ark, flatboat, skiff and raft.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 23. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.5 per 1,000 people.
Olean received national attention for 1972 flood, which destroyed thousands of homes
Nearby parks & recreation: Rock City Park
Historic sites and museums: Bartlett House Museum
Colleges and universities: Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County, Saint Bonaventure University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
I remember the execution of a squaw on the Allegany, in 1807. She was convicted of witchery. The principal proof against her was that she had foretold that some of the Indians would die, who were very sick at the time.
-- The Development of Central and Western New York
Reminiscences of pioneer John Green, who moved to the area in 1806

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23% of Olean residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Olean ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Olean was $17,169, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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21% of Olean residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Olean, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $349.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $704.


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Libraries in Olean include Olean Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Olean include Olean Times Herald

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WOLN.

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Cattaraugus County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Olean political report.

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The average commute time for Olean workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Olean between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Olean include Best Western University Inn, Country Inn & Suites Olean, Microtel Olean Allegany Buffalo.

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“ I remember the execution of a squaw on the Allegany, in 1807. She was convicted of witchery. The principal proof against her was that she had foretold that some of the Indians would die, who were very sick at the time. ”
~ The Development of Central and Western New York
Reminiscences of pioneer John Green, who moved to the area in 1806

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