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Dunkirk is a city in Chautauqua County, in the Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia metro area.

Dunkirk is in the Southern Tier region.

The community was named for the French port city.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Dunkirk. For links to other places called Dunkirk, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Dunkirk is 42.479N. The longitude is -79.334W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 617 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,715.


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Median household income
Local
$28,313
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Dunkirk demographic reports
Dunkirk is on Lake Erie.
Considered for a brief time as the western terminus for the Erie Canal, a designation that later went to Buffalo.

The first train to traverse the full 483 miles of the Erie Railroad arrived here from New York City in 1851.

The city served as a center for making locomotives until the onset of the diesel engine, when such manufacturing shifted to Schenectady.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 44. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Chautauqua County Fair - July 23-29, 2007
  • International Ligthouse Festival - Aug. 18-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Dunkirk web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Dunkirk Historical Museum, Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
Dunkirk is invaluable as offering the only port between Buffalo and Erie. A number of gentlemen in Albany are the principal proprietors of this village and its vicinity; they have expended considerable sums in the erection of a wharf, a road to Fredonia, and other improvements.
-- A Tour from the City of New-York, to Detroit, 1818
William Darby

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Dunkirk demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chautauqua County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Jamestown area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14048 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Dunkirk residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Dunkirk ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Dunkirk was $15,482, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

13% of Dunkirk residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Dunkirk, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $341.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $727.


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Libraries in Dunkirk include Dunkirk Free Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Dunkirk include Dunkirk Observer

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

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Traffic

The average commute time for Dunkirk workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Dunkirk between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Dunkirk include Best Western, Comfort Inn Dunkirk, Ramada Inn.

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“ Dunkirk is invaluable as offering the only port between Buffalo and Erie. A number of gentlemen in Albany are the principal proprietors of this village and its vicinity; they have expended considerable sums in the erection of a wharf, a road to Fredonia, and other improvements. ”
~ A Tour from the City of New-York, to Detroit, 1818
William Darby

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