Latitude: 42.4347

Longitude: -78.9425

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Persia, New York

The selectable maps and aerial photographs further below illustrate data about Persia, New York. Persia is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 2,404 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Persia is in the northwest part of the county.


The town was first settled around 1812. The Town of Persia was founded in 1835 from the Town of Perrysburg.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and of it (0.29%) is water.

The northern border of the town is partly formed by the Cattaraugus Creek with Erie County, New York on the opposite bank, and the east town line is defined by South Branch (of Cattaraugus Creek).

US Route 62 passes through the northwest corner of the town, and New York State Route 353 passes across the south part of the town. Much of the town is served by the north-to-south Broadway Road (County Road 4), which runs from NY 353 into the village of Gowanda.

Adjacent towns and areas


  • Collins
  • Otto
  • New Albion
  • Dayton; Perrysburg


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,512 people, 961 households, and 602 families residing in the town. The population density was 120.0 people per square mile (46.3/km²). There were 1,071 housing units at an average density of 51.2 per square mile (19.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.74% White, 0.28% African American, 2.51% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 961 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,675, and the median income for a family was $39,650. Males had a median income of $29,838 versus $26,304 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,590. About 10.6% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Gowanda, New York (3.22 km)

Gowanda is a village in New York in the United States and lies partly in Erie County and partly in Cattaraugus County. The population was 2,709 at the 2010 census. The name is a local native term meaning "almost surrounded by hills" or "beautiful place among the hills. The Erie County portion of Gowanda is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Cattaraugus County portion is part of the Olean Micropolitan Statistical Area. The Village of Gowanda is partly in the Town of Collins in Erie County and the Town of Persia in Cattaraugus County.

Perrysburg (CDP), New York (5.44 km)

Perrysburg is a hamlet, census-designated place, and former village in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 401 at the 2010 census. It is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The former Village of Perrysburg is in the south-central part of the Town of Perrysburg. The hamlet is west of Gowanda, New York. History A settlement has been located in the general area of the current village, since the early 19th century.

Bagdad, New York (5.66 km)

Bagdad, New York is an unincorporated hamlet in the town of Collins in Erie County, New York, USA.

Zoar Valley (5.71 km)

The Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area is a conservation area located at the confluence of the main and south branches of Cattaraugus Creek, on the border of Erie County and Cattaraugus County in western New York, USA. The area is within the Towns of Collins, Otto, and Persia. "Zoar Valley" often refers inclusively to the larger valley of the Cattaraugus, but the state Multiple Use Area specifically encompasses an eight-mile section of the creek's Main Branch Canyon and three miles of the smaller South Branch.

Gowanda Correctional Facility (5.99 km)

The Gowanda Correctional Facility is a medium security prison for males located in New York, United States. The prison is located in the south part of Erie County in the Town of Collins. It is co-located with the Collins Correctional Facility, another medium security prison. Both prisons are located north of Village of Gowanda at the southern end of Erie County. History The grounds and buildings of both the Gowanda Correctional Facility and the Collins Correctional Facility were formerly the Gowanda Psychiatric Center which opened in 1898.

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