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Olean, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Olean had a population of 14,136 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Olean is located at latitude 42.0839 and longitude -78.4351 in Cattaraugus County. The formal boundaries for the City of Olean (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Cattaraugus County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,447 feet.

The City of Olean (GNIS ID: 979305) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Olean population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Olean: Hamilton, Hesoh, Olean Point.

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Olean, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 14,136
Population in Households 13,900
Population in Familes 9,876
Population in Group Qrtrs 236
Population Density1 2,393
Diversity Index2 27


Total Households 6,364
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 3,416
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,125 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,294 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,070 (43.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 761 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $78,934
Average Home Value $96,630


Median Household Income $41,257
Average Household Income $53,852
Per Capita Income $24,376
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.35% -0.37%
Households -0.22% -0.3%
Families -0.46% -0.44%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Olean, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Olean to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 144 88th
Population Density1 # 361 70th
Diversity Index2 # 525 56th
Median Household Income # 1040 13th
Per Capita Income # 891 26th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.