Dunkirk, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Dunkirk, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Dunkirk had a population of 12,067 as of July 1, 2018. Dunkirk ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dunkirk is located at latitude 42.4806 and longitude -79.3329 in Chautauqua County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dunkirk (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Chautauqua County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 617 feet.

The City of Dunkirk (GNIS ID: 978911) 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 Dunkirk population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Dunkirk: Chadwicks Bay, Ganadawao.

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Dunkirk, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 12,067
Population in Households 11,871
Population in Familes 8,756
Population in Group Qrtrs 196
Population Density2 2,681
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $39,044
Average Household Income $51,176
Per Capita Income $21,923


Total Housing Units 5,992 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,790 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,349 (39.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 853 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $74,031
Average Home Value $91,756


Total Households 5,139
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 2,917
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 -0.49% -0.69%
Households -0.5% -0.73%
Families -0.74% -0.88%
Median Household Income   2.84%
Per Capita Income   3.26%

Dunkirk, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dunkirk to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 164 86th
Population Density # 322 73rd
Diversity Index # 84 93rd
Median Household Income # 1128 6th
Per Capita Income # 1117 7th

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