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Elmira New York Overview, Crime Rate Statistics, and Related Information

Elmira is a city located in Chemung County in New York - United States. The City of Elmira is located in the south-central part of the County. The Elmira Town surrounds the city on three sides. It is found in the south of New York a little away from north of the Pennsylvania state line.

Elmira New York Overview

Elmira has been an area that has been occupied by people belonging to different sects, since Asian times. After the American Revolutionary War ended, the new United States and the Iroquois signed a treaty at Elmira in 1791 with an aim to sort territorial disputes there. Legend states that Elmira got its name from Major General Matthew Carpenter's daughter.

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In the 1800s, Elmira was a popular transport hub for New York's Southern Tier. With the help of rail, roads and the canal system, it connected commercial centers in Buffalo and Rochester with New York City and Albany. Today, Elmira is home to the Corning Glass Works which is one of the biggest industrial setups here.

For tourists, the city offers plenty to do. The city hosts museums like the National Soaring Museum, Arnot Art Museum, Chemung Valley History Museum, etc.  Other popular tourist attractions include Woodlawn Cemetery, Eldridge Park, Clemens Center, etc.

Elmira New York Weather

In Elmira, the summers are relatively hot. The summer season lasts from end May to mid-September and temperatures can soar as high as 82°F. The winters are freezing, and the temperatures can fall as low as 16°F. Winters last from December beginning to mid-March. It is partly cloudy throughout the year, but the skies are clearer between June to November. It may rain on and off in all seasons through the majority of the rains fall between April to October. The best time of year for a tourist to visit Elmira is from mid-June to early September.

Elmira New York Population

Elmira hosts close to 28,500 people. The population density is 3941 per sq mi. The median age of people in Elmira is close to 34 which is approximately 12% lower than the New York average median age of 38. A large majority of the population belongs to the White race. About 15% of the population belongs to the Black or African-American race. A fragment of the population settled in Elmira belongs to a few other mixed Asian races. Almost 96% of the population speaks English. About 2% of the population speaks Spanish, and the rest speak a mix of a few other languages. 

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Elmira New York Crime Rate

Elmira has a comparatively high crime rate. Vandalism particularly is high on the list of crimes reported. The total number of reported incidents in Elmira in 2018 has been around 1171 of which violent crimes were 97 and property crimes were 1074. The overall crime rate in Elmira is roughly 47% higher than the national average. The city is safer than 23% of the other cities in the US. For every 100,000 people, about 11.46 daily crimes occur in Elmira. In the recent few years, the number of crimes has increased by 25% (no of the total year over year crimes).

Elmira New York Employment

The per capita income in Elmira is around $16,645 which is about 51% lower than the New York average. The median household income is around $29,955 which is around 51% lower than the New York average. The unemployment rate is around 4.5%. The minimum wage per hour is around $10.50 by the minimum wage law of NYC.The poverty level in Elmira is around 31.7% which is about 110% higher than the national average.

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