Persia, New York

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Population in 2010: 2,404.
Population change since 2000: -4.3%
 
Males: 1,178  (49.0%)
Females: 1,226  (51.0%)
Median resident age:

42.4 years
New York median age:

40.7 years

Zip codes: 14070.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $51,325 (it was $33,675 in 2000)
Persia:

$51,325
NY:

$72,108

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $27,714 (it was $15,590 in 2000)

Persia town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $89,094 (it was $56,100 in 2000)
Persia:

$89,094
NY:

$338,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $120,858; detached houses: $115,372; townhouses or other attached units: $514,169; in 2-unit structures: $50,094; in 3-to-4-unit structures: over $1,000,000; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $193,946; mobile homes: $53,253
March 2019 cost of living index in Persia: 88.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Persia, NY (2010)
    • 2,19491.3%White alone
    • 793.3%American Indian alone
    • 713.0%Hispanic
    • 401.7%Two or more races
    • 130.5%Black alone
    • 70.3%Asian alone

Races in Persia detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: German (28.0%), Irish (17.6%), English (15.7%), Polish (13.2%), Italian (6.5%), United States (3.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 20.9 square miles.

Population density: 115 people per square mile   (very low).

Persia, New York map

26 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.0%
New York:

20.4%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Persia town:

3.0% ($1,697)
New York:

1.9% ($2,847)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Buffalo, NY (32.8 miles , pop. 292,648).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (259.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Gowanda, NY (1.4 miles ),
Perrysburg, NY (1.8 miles ),
Dayton, NY (2.0 miles ),
Collins, NY (2.1 miles ),
Otto, NY (2.7 miles ),
South Dayton, NY (2.7 miles ),
Cattaraugus, NY (2.9 miles ),
New Albion, NY (3.0 miles )

Latitude: 42.43 N, Longitude: 78.94 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 716

Distribution of median household income in Persia, NY in 2019
Persia satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $25,000
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $25,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $90,000
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $70,000
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $120,000
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,500
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $80,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Persia, NY residents
Average permit cost in Persia, NY
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.6%
New York:

8.1%
Historical population in Persia, NY
Historical housing units in Persia, NY
Most common industries in Persia, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (16.0%)
  • Educational services (11.1%)
  • Public administration (10.3%)
  • Construction (5.3%)
  • Social assistance (4.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (11.4%)
  • Construction (10.3%)
  • Health care (7.2%)
  • Educational services (6.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (25.2%)
  • Educational services (15.8%)
  • Public administration (9.2%)
  • Computer & electronic products (6.2%)
  • Social assistance (6.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.6%)
Most common occupations in Persia, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.0%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.5%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (3.4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (8.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.2%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (11.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.6%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (5.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)

Average climate in Persia, New York

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Persia-area historical tornado activity is slightly above New York state average. It is 56% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/2/1983, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the Persia town center killed 2 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 7/24/1967, a category F3 tornado 13.9 miles away from the town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Persia-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New York state average. It is 65% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 99.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 127.7 miles away from Persia center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 317.5 miles away from Persia center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 254.6 miles away from Persia center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 299.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 298.2 miles away from Persia center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cattaraugus County (23) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Snowstorms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Power Outage: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 2 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Persia topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Persia:

  • GOWANDA REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; GOWANDA, NY)
  • TLC HEALTH NETWORK Acute Care Hospitals (about 3 miles away; GOWANDA, NY)
  • FIDDLERS GREEN MANOR NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; SPRINGVILLE, NY)
  • BERTRAND CHAFFEE HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 16 miles away; SPRINGVILLE, NY)
  • ABSOLUT CTR FOR NURSING AND REHAB EDEN L L C (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; EDEN, NY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Persia:

  • SUNY at Fredonia (about 21 miles; Fredonia, NY; Full-time enrollment: 5,523)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Online (about 27 miles; Orchard Park, NY; FT enrollment: 2,212)
  • Jamestown Community College (about 27 miles; Jamestown, NY; FT enrollment: 3,384)
  • Erie Community College (about 32 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 11,035)
  • D'Youville College (about 33 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 2,398)
  • Canisius College (about 35 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 4,376)
  • St Bonaventure University (about 35 miles; Saint Bonaventure, NY; FT enrollment: 2,286)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Persia: Gowanda Waterworks (A), Comstock Spur (B), Gowanda Nursing Home (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Persia include: Saint Mary's Episcopal Church (A), United Methodist Church of Gowanda (B), First Baptist Church (C), Gowanda Free Methodist Church (D), Immanuel Lutheran Church (E), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Broadway Cemetery (1), Maltbie Cemetery (2), Malks Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Grannis Creek (A), Thatcher Brook (B), Point Peter Brook (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cattaraugus County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.3 people
New York:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

61.2%
Whole state:

63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

11.2%
Whole state:

6.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

13.1%
Whole state:

14.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

8.3%
Whole state:

7.4%
138 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
6 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

People in group quarters in Persia in 2000:

  • 140 people in nursing homes
  • 43 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 8 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 8 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 3 people in homes for the mentally retarded

For population 15 years and over in Persia:

Marital status in Persia, NY
  • Never married: 26.7%
  • Now married: 50.8%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 10.2%
  • Divorced: 9.9%

For population 25 years and over in Persia:

  • High school or higher: 77.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.4
New York average:

14.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Persia, NY (based on Cattaraugus County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic12,35112
Mainline Protestant7,09049
Evangelical Protestant6,92371
Other2,84312
Black Protestant3052
None50,805-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 21
This county:

2.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Cattaraugus County:

1.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 31
This county:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 76
Cattaraugus County:

9.48 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Cattaraugus County:

9.5%
State:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.5%
State:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.7%
New York:

15.6%

4.19% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,653 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.19%
New York average:

4.90%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Erie County, NY  1.17% ($38,526 average AGI)
from Allegany County, NY  0.53% ($44,804)
from Chautauqua County, NY  0.48% ($31,943)


5.03% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($41,931 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.03%
New York average:

5.85%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Erie County, NY  1.16% ($38,296 average AGI)
to Chautauqua County, NY  0.50% ($36,109)
to Allegany County, NY  0.48% ($29,972)

Strongest AM radio stations in Persia:

  • WWKB (1520 AM; 50 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WGR (550 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WNED (970 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY)
  • WHLD (1270 AM; 5 kW; NIAGARA FALLS, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHAM (1180 AM; 50 kW; ROCHESTER, NY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WGGO (1590 AM; 5 kW; SALAMANCA, NY; Owner: CATT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WSPQ (1330 AM; 1 kW; SPRINGVILLE, NY; Owner: HAWK COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • WTOR (770 AM; daytime; 9 kW; YOUNGSTOWN, NY; Owner: BIRACH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBEN (930 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WXRL (1300 AM; 5 kW; LANCASTER, NY; Owner: DOME BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WKNR (850 AM; 50 kW; CLEVELAND, OH; Owner: CARON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNAE (1310 AM; 5 kW; WARREN, PA; Owner: KINZUA BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Persia:

  • WTSS (102.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WNED-FM (94.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/C ASSOC.)
  • WDCX (99.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WBUF (92.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WBKX (96.5 FM; FREDONIA, NY; Owner: CHADWICK BAY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNJA (89.7 FM; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/CING ASSOC)
  • WFBF (89.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WGRF (96.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQRT (98.3 FM; SALAMANCA, NY; Owner: CATT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WUBJ (88.1 FM; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
  • WWSE (93.3 FM; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: MEDIA ONE GROUP, LLC)
  • WCOT (90.9 FM; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WNSA (107.7 FM; WETHERSFIELD TWNSHP, NY; Owner: ADELPHIA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION, DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION)
  • WKZA (106.9 FM; LAKEWOOD, NY; Owner: CROSS COUNTRY COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WPIG (95.7 FM; OLEAN, NY; Owner: ARROW COMMUNICATIONS OF N.Y., INC.)
  • W205BA (88.9 FM; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBLK (93.7 FM; DEPEW, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WJYE (96.1 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WMHU (101.9 FM; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: VOX ALLEGANY, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Persia:

  • WNGS (Channel 67; SPRINGVILLE, NY; Owner: CAROLINE K. POWLEY D/B/A UNICORN/SPRINGVILLE)
  • WNYB (Channel 26; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: FAITH BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKBW-TV (Channel 7; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WKBW-TV LICENSE, INC.)
  • WIVB-TV (Channel 4; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WIVB BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WGRZ-TV (Channel 2; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)
  • WNYO-TV (Channel 49; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: NEW YORK TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WUTV (Channel 29; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WUTV LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WNED-TV (Channel 17; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WESTERN NY PUBLIC BROADCASTING ASSOC.)
  • WNLO (Channel 23; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WIVB BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WDTB-LP (Channel 39; HAMBURG, NY; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WFHW-LP (Channel 58; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITIZENS TELEVISION SYSTEM, INC.)
  • WBXZ-LP (Channel 56; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: RENARD COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • W46BA (Channel 46; JAMESTOWN, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/CING.ASSN.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 13ft / 3.8mTotal length
  • $2,881,000Total costs
  • 3,947Total average daily traffic
  • 546Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,985Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Persia, NY
  • 86.6%Utility gas
  • 5.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.9%Wood
  • 1.9%Other fuel
  • 0.6%Electricity
  • 0.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Persia, NY
  • 95.6%Utility gas
  • 2.9%Electricity
  • 1.5%Wood


Persia compared to New York state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Persia on our top lists:

  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse (population 1,000+)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
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