Amity, New York

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Amity is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 2,245 at the 2000 census. The name of the town means "friendship."

The Town of Amity is near the middle of Allegany County and is northeast of Olean, New York. The county seat, Belmont, is in Amity.



After being first settled around 1804, Amity was formed in 1830 from parts of the Towns of Angelica and Scio. In 1856, part of Amity was used to found the Town of Ward.

Past residents of note

Hamilton Ward, congressman and judge.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.6 square miles (89.7 km²), of which, 34.5 square miles (89.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.23%) is water.

The Genesee River flows northward through the town. The Southern Tier Expressway (New York State Route 17/Interstate 86) passes through the northwest corner of the town, north of Belvider. New York State Route 19 and New York State Route 244 intersect at Belmont.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,245 people, 885 households, and 601 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.0 people per square mile (25.1/km²). There were 1,120 housing units at an average density of 32.4/sq mi (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.68% White, 0.76% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 885 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

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