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Dunkirk is a city in Chautauqua County, in the Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia metro area.
Dunkirk is in the Southern Tier region.
The community was named for the French port city.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Dunkirk. For links to other places called Dunkirk, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Dunkirk is 42.479N. The longitude is -79.334W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 617 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,715.
The first train to traverse the full 483 miles of the Erie Railroad arrived here from New York City in 1851.
The city served as a center for making locomotives until the onset of the diesel engine, when such manufacturing shifted to Schenectady.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Dunkirk demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chautauqua County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Jamestown area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14048 ZIP code.
17% of Dunkirk residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Dunkirk ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Dunkirk was $15,482, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of Dunkirk residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Dunkirk, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $341. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $727.
Libraries in Dunkirk include Dunkirk Free Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Dunkirk include Dunkirk Observer
Chautauqua County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Dunkirk political report.
The average commute time for Dunkirk workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Dunkirk between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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