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Horseheads is a town in Chemung County, in the Elmira metro area.
The town was named for the killing of horses ridden by Maj. Gen. John Sullivan's troops in 1779.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Horseheads. For links to other places called Horseheads, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Horseheads is 42.168N. The longitude is -76.796W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 994 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 19,561.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Horseheads demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chemung County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14816 ZIP code.
18% of Horseheads residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Horseheads ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Horseheads was $19,795, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Horseheads residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Horseheads, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $438. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $911.
Chemung County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Horseheads political report.
The average commute time for Horseheads workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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