Olcott, New York

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Olcott is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in the Town of Newfane in Niagara County, New York, United States 14126. As of the 2000 census, this community population was 1,156. Most locals refer to it as Olcott Beach. It is part of the BuffaloNiagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Olcott is a lakeside community which is home to the deepest harbor on Lake Ontario west of Rochester, NY. The community is at the junction of East/West Lake Road (NYS Route 18) and Lockport-Olcott Road (NYS Route 78).

Krull Park in the northeast part of the village, is the largest county-operated park in Niagara County. Olcott-Newfane Airport (D80) is located south of the village, but is closed indefinitely except for ultralight aircraft.

Olcott was known for its Coney Island-like beach attractions and attracted tourists visiting nearby Niagara Falls, New York. Many of these attractions have closed, however, after the decline of the City of Niagara Falls and a prolonged economic downturn which has hard-hit all of Niagara County. Slowly, efforts are being made to bring back this economic prosperity that the region once saw, and so far has been a success in Olcott. Heritage tourism has become quite popular in Niagara County, and new festivals include the Olcott Pirate Festival as well as a famous car show that takes place during the summer.

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Geography

Olcott is located at 43°20′10″N 78°43′03″W / 43.336162°N 78.717506°W / 43.336162; -78.717506.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km2), of which, 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km2) of it (13.56%) is water.

Olcott is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario where Eighteen Mile Creek enters the lake.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,156 people, 476 households, and 315 families residing in the community. The population density was 251.7 per square mile (97.2/km2). There were 553 housing units at an average density of 120.4/sq mi (46.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.37% White, 1.04% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.78% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

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