Great Valley, New York

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Coordinates: 42°12′52″N 78°38′11″W / 42.21444°N 78.63639°W / 42.21444; -78.63639

Great Valley is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 2,145 at the 2000 census. The town is named after its local geographical setting, a relative comparison of two tributaries (the other being the neighboring Little Valley) of the Allegheny River.

The Town of Great Valley is centrally located in the county, northeast of City of Salamanca.



The town was first settled around 1812. The Town of Great Valley was formed in 1818, taken from part of the Town of Olean. In 1831, the Town of Allegany was made from the southeast part of Great Valley, and in 1842 the Town of Carrollton was made from the southwest part of Great Valley.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.2 square miles (130.0 km²), of which, 50.2 square miles (129.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

The Allegheny River flows through the southeast corner of the town, and the Great Valley Creek is an important stream in the town.

US Route 219 is a major north-south highway in the town and intersects New York State Route 98 in Great Valley village.

Adjacent towns and areas

Great Valley is south of the Town of Ellicottville and north of the Town of Carrollton. The west boundary is formed by the Towns of Salamanca and Little Valley, as well as the City of Salamanca and the Allegany Reservation. Great Valley's east boundary is formed with the Towns of Humphrey and Allegany.

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