Busti, New York

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Busti (pronounced /ˈbʌstaɪ/) is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 7,760 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Paul Busti, an official of the Holland Land Company, but its pronunciation uses a long i sound at the end, a frequent alteration in the names of several upstate New York towns.

The Town of Busti is located at the south end of Chautauqua Lake, southwest of Jamestown, New York.



Settlement began around 1811. The Town of Busti was founded in 1823 from parts of the Towns of Harmony and Ellicott. In 1900, the population was 2,192.

Notable past residents

George Stoneman, who was born in this town in 1822, graduated from West Point and was a major general of cavalry in the Civil War. He later became governor of California.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.7 km²), of which, 47.8 square miles (123.7 km²) of it is land and 0.02% is water.

The south town line is the border of Warren County, Pennsylvania.

New York State Route 474 intersects New York State Route 394 in the northwest corner of the town near Cottage Park.

The lakefront of northern Busti comprises a continuous line of hamlets, originally begun as vacation homes.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,760 people, 3,210 households, and 2,240 families residing in the town. The population density was 162.4 people per square mile (62.7/km²). There were 3,876 housing units at an average density of 81.1/sq mi (31.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.52% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

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