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Hornell, New York

Hornell is a city located in Steuben County, New York, about 56 miles south of Rochester, New York. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,019.

Hornell is on the Canisteo River.


Hornell is located at 42°19'28" North, 77°39'37" West (42.324432, -77.660252)1. Hornell is at an altitude of 1,160 feet above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.1 km² (2.7 mi²). 7.1 km² (2.7 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


What is now Hornell was settled in 1790 under the name Upper Canisteo. The village was renamed to its present name and incorporated as a town in 1820. Hornell was named after early settler George Hornell, who built the first gristmill here.

The first railroad arrived in Hornell in 1850, which spurred development.

Hornell was chartered as a city in 1888.

Main Street, Hornell, in the 1920s

In 1950 Hornell had a population of 15,049 people.


As of the census of 2000, there are 9,019 people, 3,596 households, and 2,218 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,275.6/km² (3,309.0/mi²). There are 4,100 housing units at an average density of 579.9/km² (1,504.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.73% White, 2.38% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,596 households out of which 32.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% are married couples living together, 16.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% are non-families. 32.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $28,184, and the median income for a family is $35,000. Males have a median income of $31,727 versus $18,854 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,419. 21.4% of the population and 18.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 32.1% are under the age of 18 and 6.6% are 65 or older.

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