A comfortable place-and pace-for living
Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York State’s wine country, Chemung County offers the amenities and activities of city living - without the demands.
A vibrant and welcoming community for all ages, nearly 91,000 people call Chemung County home because of the comfortable and affordable quality of life found here.
At the heart of the county is the city of Elmira (30,940), which hosts an abundance of arts and cultural opportunities. Minutes away are unique towns and villages that dot the countryside and offer a relaxing lifestyle, including a variety of outdoor sports and activities during all four seasons, as well as enticing day-trip destinations and award-winning wineries for tours and tastings.
The perfect blend of affordable urban, suburban and rural housing options can be found throughout the county, from grand old “Victorian ladies” and lakeside retreats to traditional and ultra-modern style homes and apartments. Strong neighborhoods, good schools and diverse places of worship make Chemung County a great place for families. Higher education opportunities abound as well, with at least a dozen colleges and universities in the region, including Elmira College and Cornell University in nearby Ithaca.
A continuum of healthcare services and resources is available here as well. Elmira is home to two full-service hospitals and the Guthrie Healthcare System in Sayre, Pennsylvania provides services and manages dozens of clinics throughout the region. There is also a full complement of services available for older adults.
Accessible by Interstate 86, Chemung County has become a retail destination for shoppers from New York and Pennsylvania. It also offers convenient and attractive accommodations for travelers.