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Olean, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Olean had a population of 13,994 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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

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Olean, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 13,994
Daytime Population: Workers 11,306
Daytime Population: Residents 7,552
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 18,858
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.35
Population in Households 13,757
Population in Familes 9,758
Population in Group Qrtrs 237
Population Density2 2,369
Diversity Index3 27


Median Household Income $41,924
Average Household Income $55,961
Per Capita Income $25,007


Total Housing Units 7,147 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,234 (45.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,986 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 927 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $81,276
Average Home Value $97,596


Total Households 6,220
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 3,327
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.44% -0.58%
Households -0.51% -0.63%
Families -0.76% -0.78%
Median Household Income   0.06%
Per Capita Income   1.36%

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, 2017 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 # 143 88th
Population Density # 367 69th
Diversity Index # 527 56th
Median Household Income # 1042 13th
Per Capita Income # 891 26th

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