Medina, New York

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Medina is a village in the towns of Shelby and Ridgeway in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 6,415 at the 2000 census, making it the second most populous municipality in the county after Albion, the county seat. The village was named by its surveyor. It is part of the Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It developed from a stopover on the Erie Canal, which bends as it passes through the village, creating a basin that served as a stopover point. Mills on Oak Orchard Creek provided water power, and the fertile lands around it gave it fruit to export via the canal. At the turn of the 20th century the village was a thriving industrial town.

A branch campus of Genesee Community College is located in Medina.



Joseph Ellicott, the agent of the Holland Land Company, once owned land that encompassed part of the village.

Prosperity began around 1825 when the Erie Canal opened passing through Medina.

The Village of Medina was incorporated in 1832, creating an entity contained within the two towns.

Although the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby have begun merging functions, Medina has determined to remain an incorporated village.


Medina is located at 43°13′11″N 78°23′24″W / 43.21972°N 78.39°W / 43.21972; -78.39 (43.219808, -78.390101)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.39%) is water.

Medina lies at the junction of east-west highway NYS Route 31 and north-south highway NYS Route 63. In addition, Medina marks the location where NYS Route 31E and NYS Route 31A split off from NY-31.

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