Profile for Jamestown, New York, NY
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Jamestown is a city in Chautauqua County.
Jamestown is in the Southern Tier region.
One tradition says the community was named after its founder, James Prendergast; another says it was named for Jamestown, VA.
The latitude of Jamestown is 42.096N. The longitude is -79.235W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,378 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 30,726.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Jamestown demographic reports
Jamestown is at the southern end of Chautauqua Lake.
Jamestown was a 19th-century center for lumber and furniture making.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 164. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 5.3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Lucille Ball, comedian
· Nick Carter, drummer in Backstreet Boys
· Roger Tory Peterson, ornithologist
· Natalie Merchant, singer
Local bands (past and present) have included 10,000 Maniacs
Local festivals include:
- Luci-Desi Days - May 25-27, 2007
- Lucille Ball Birthday Celebration - Aug. 3-5, 2007
- Busti Apple Festival - Sept. 30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Jamestown web sites and events links in the sections below.
Sports teams: Jammers (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Lucy-Desi Museum, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Fenton History Center, Busti Grist Mill & Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities:
Jamestown Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 75
When I removed to Jamestown, in Feb. 1815, there was a 1 1/2-story gristmill building...two saw-mills and one gang saw-mill, all owned by James Prendergast ... Almost the entire business of the place, then called 'The Rapids,' was cutting some three million feet of boards a year, mostly run down the river; and most of the provisions used by the people were brought from Pittsburgh in keel boats - flour, bacon, dried apples and peaches, tobacco, and whiskey.
-- History of Chautauqua County, 1876
Quoting reminiscences of pioneer E.T. Foote
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Ancestry & family history
15% of Jamestown residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Jamestown ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Jamestown was $15,316, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Jamestown residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Jamestown festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Luci-Desi Days - M
- Busti Apple Festival - S
- Lucille Ball Birthday Celebration - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Jamestown, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $320. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $709.
Libraries in Jamestown include Fluvanna Free Library, James Prendergast Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Jamestown include Jamestown Post-Journal
TV stations in Jamestown include WNYB.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUBJ.
Chautauqua County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jamestown political report.
The average commute time for Jamestown workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Jamestown between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ When I removed to Jamestown, in Feb. 1815, there was a 1 1/2-story gristmill building...two saw-mills and one gang saw-mill, all owned by James Prendergast ... Almost the entire business of the place, then called 'The Rapids,' was cutting some three million feet of boards a year, mostly run down the river; and most of the provisions used by the people were brought from Pittsburgh in keel boats - flour, bacon, dried apples and peaches, tobacco, and whiskey. ”
~ History of Chautauqua County, 1876
Quoting reminiscences of pioneer E.T. Foote
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