Ischua, New York

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Ischua (pronounced /ˈɪʃweɪ/ ISH-way) is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 895 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Ischua is on the eastern border of the county, north of Olean, New York.



The town was first settled around 1808 by the current community of Ischua. The Town of Ischua was made in 1846 from a division of the Town of Hinsdale. There was previously another "Town of Ischua" in the county, which has now been succeeded by the Town of Franklinville. When first formed, the present Ischua was known as the "Town of Rice."

The town had its own post office (zip code 14746) until the early 1990s, when it was merged with Hinsdale's.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.4 square miles (83.9 km²), of which, 32.4 square miles (83.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Allegany County, New York.

The Ischua Creek flows through the town.

New York State Route 16 is a major north-south highway in the town, and it parallels Ischua Creek through most of the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

The Town of Cuba in Allegany County is at the east town line of Ischua. Ischua shares its south town line with the Town of Hinsdale and the west town line with the Town of Humphrey. The Towns of Franklinville and Lyndon are to the north.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 895 people, 345 households, and 245 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.6 people per square mile (10.7/km²). There were 496 housing units at an average density of 15.3/sq mi (5.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.21% White, 0.45% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.89% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

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