Profile for Elmira, New York, NY
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"Soaring Capital of America"
Elmira is a city in Chemung County.
It is the county seat.
The community is believed to be named after the daughter of an early settler.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Elmira. For links to other places called Elmira, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Elmira is 42.089N. The longitude is -76.808W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 853 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 30,336.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Elmira demographic reports
Elmira is on the Chemung River, near the Pennsylvania border.
Former and merged names include:
Elmira developed as a center for lumber, iron and wool after the arrival of the Erie Railroad in 1849.
More than 12,000 Confederate soldiers were confined at a prison camp here during the Civil War.
Public transportation: Chemung County Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Mark Twain spent summers here between 1870 and 1903, writing portions of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Life on the Mississippi" and other works.
Well-known residents have included:
· Bob Waterfield, football player
· Eileen Marie Collins, astronaut
· Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer
· Ernie Davis, football player (known as "The Elmira Express")
· Hal Roach, movie producer
Local festivals include:
- River Fest - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Elmira web sites and events links in the sections below.
Sports teams: Jackals (United Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: Arnot Art Museum, Chemung Valley History Museum, National Soaring Museum, Mark Twain Study and Exhibit
Colleges and universities:
Elmira College, Elmira Business Institute
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 82
Mark Twain married an Elmira girl, and that fact, even without all those books, is good enough for Elmira.
-- An American Notebook
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Ancestry & family history
17% of Elmira residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Elmira ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Elmira was $14,495, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Elmira residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Elmira festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- River Fest - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Elmira include Chemung County Courthouse Complex, Elmira Civic Historic District, Near Westside Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Elmira, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $381. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $772.
Libraries in Elmira include Southside Branch Library/Outreach Center, Steele Memorial Library, West Elmira Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Elmira include Elmira Star-Gazette
TV stations in Elmira include WENY, WETM.
Chemung County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Elmira political report.
The average commute time for Elmira workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Elmira between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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~ An American Notebook
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