For the hamlet in Orange County, see Amity, Orange County, New York

Amity is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 2,308 at the 2010 census. The name of the town means "friendship."

Amity, New York
The Magnolia House
The Magnolia House
Amity is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°13′37″N 78°1′55″W / 42.22694°N 78.03194°W / 42.22694; -78.03194
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorLois Reynolds (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total34.60 sq mi (89.62 km2)
 • Land34.48 sq mi (89.31 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)
1,385 ft (422 m)
 • Total2,308
 • Estimate 
 • Density63.46/sq mi (24.50/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-003-02011
GNIS feature ID0978676

The Town of Amity is near the middle of Allegany County and is northeast of Olean, New York. The county seat, Belmont, is in Amity.



After being first settled around 1804, Amity was formed in 1830 from parts of the Towns of Angelica and Scio. In 1856, part of Amity was used to found the Town of Ward.

Past residents of note


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.6 square miles (90 km2), of which, 34.5 square miles (89 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.23%) is water.

The Genesee River flows northward through the town. The Southern Tier Expressway (New York State Route 17/Interstate 86) passes through the northwest corner of the town, north of Belvidere. New York State Route 19 and New York State Route 244 intersect at Belmont.


Census Pop.
Est. 20162,188[2]−5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,245 people, 885 households, and 601 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.0 people per square mile (25.1/km²). There were 1,120 housing units at an average density of 32.4 per square mile (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.68% White, 0.76% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 885 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,153, and the median income for a family was $40,387. Males had a median income of $31,394 versus $21,065 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,304. About 7.8% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in AmityEdit

  • Amity Lake – A small lake by the eastern town line.
  • Belmont – The Village of Belmont, the county seat, is in the center of the town.
  • Belvidere – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town on State Route 19(Willets Avenue). It was originally called "Hobbyville." The Christ Episcopal Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[5]
  • Withey – A hamlet in the northeast corner of the town on Route 244 (Mainville Road).
  • Plum Bottom Creek– A creek that flows through the Town of Amity.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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