Elmira, NY Profile: Facts & Data


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Elmira, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Elmira had a population of 27,937 as of July 1, 2018. Elmira ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Elmira is located at latitude 42.0934 and longitude -76.8096 in Chemung County. The formal boundaries for the City of Elmira (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.33 sq. miles. Chemung County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 853 feet.

The City of Elmira (GNIS ID: 978938) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Elmira: New Town, Newtown, Skwedowa.

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


Total Population 27,937
Population in Households 24,689
Population in Familes 17,989
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,248
Population Density2 3,853
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $34,872
Average Household Income $49,994
Per Capita Income $20,083


Total Housing Units 12,246 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,724 (38.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,749 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,773 (14.5%)
Median Home Value $74,805
Average Home Value $96,541


Total Households 10,473
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 5,808
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.53% -0.54%
Households -0.58% -0.65%
Families -0.81% -0.79%
Median Household Income   1.38%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

Elmira, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elmira 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 # 50 96th
Population Density # 197 84th
Diversity Index # 276 77th
Median Household Income # 1171 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1161 3rd

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