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Elmira is a city in Chemung County.
It is the county seat.
The community is believed to be named after the daughter of an early settler.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Elmira. For links to other places called Elmira, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Elmira is 42.089N. The longitude is -76.808W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 853 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 30,336.
More than 12,000 Confederate soldiers were confined at a prison camp here during the Civil War.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Elmira demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chemung County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Elmira area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14905 ZIP code.
17% of Elmira residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Elmira ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Elmira was $14,495, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Elmira residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Elmira include Chemung County Courthouse Complex, Elmira Civic Historic District, Near Westside Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Elmira, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $381. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $772.
Libraries in Elmira include Southside Branch Library/Outreach Center, Steele Memorial Library, West Elmira Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Elmira include Elmira Star-Gazette
TV stations in Elmira include WENY, WETM.
Chemung County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Elmira political report.
The average commute time for Elmira workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Elmira between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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