Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Allegany County has a relaxed, unhurried way of life with a full menu of seasonal activities to choose from.

 Outdoor recreation is popular in each of the four seasons enjoyed by Allegany County.


Welcomes fishing, canoeing, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and golf.  There are six golf courses within the county and more than 50 golf courses within a 90-minute drive.


Ushers in long days for hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, and picnicking, or participating in numerous organized softball leagues.


Is prime hunting season and also a time to admire the natural beauty of Allegany County’s colorful hillsides.


Is filled with cross-country skiing, ice skating, tobogganing, and snowmobiling.  There are seven major ski resorts within a 50-mile radius.

By the Numbers

  • 13 day care facilities
  • 15 high schools
  • 3 colleges & universities
  • 2 hospitals
  • 6 golf courses
  • 2 recreational lakes
  • 380 miles of snowmobile trails
  • 16 rescue and ambulance squads
  • 29 fire departments
  • 25 active religious denominations


Mean Temperatures

Summer: high 80s, low 50s

Winter: high 30s, low 10s

Housing costs in Allegany County are extremely competitive to anywhere in the nation, and with two hospitals, residents have ready access to medical care.

Cost of living is 5% less than the national average.


Workforce Development and Resources

Allegany County’s three academic institutions – Alfred State, Alfred University, and Houghton College – provide businesses with easy access to a skilled workforce.  Serving over 7,000 students, the institutions produce more than 1,600 graduates annually.

Offering degrees ranging from associate to the doctoral levels, the region’s institutions provide exceptional post-secondary training in the skilled trades, business and finance, design, and research and development.

Alfred State

Alfred State is a showcase of high technology education with over 70 degree programs ranging from 22 bachelor and 50 associate degrees with a campus focused on applied technology.

Alfred University

Alfred University is one of 20 universities and laboratories to participate in the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Integrated Phonetics as a public-private partnership to boost advanced manufacturing.

Houghton College

Houghton College is a major site for applied research/technology transfer through industry, government, and other research institutions.

Retooling the Southern Tier $15 M Grant

A partnership between four SUNY colleges, this grant will generate jobs and revenue and provide unprecedented local opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing. By 2022, Retooling the Southern Tier will introduce 2,340 jobs into the region, generating an estimated $26 million economic benefit for the area.

Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center

The new $5 million (SAMC) at Alfred State will create a highly energy efficient facility to train students in state-of-the-art sustainable manufacturing techniques. In Western New York, innovation and entrepreneurship are making the region a national leader again in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and

energy production.

 Research Centers Serve Advanced Ceramic and Glass Materials Industry

Alfred University collaborates with industry through its Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology and Center for High Temperature Characterization.  A recent $7.74 million grant will build the Center for Advanced Ceramic Manufacturing and Education to further support the ceramics and glass industry through research, product development, and training opportunities.

Allegany County Employment & Training is a one stop center of the Cattaraugus /Allegany Workforce Development  Board.

 Services Include:

  • On-the-job training

    for new employees

  • Upgrade existing

    employees skills

  • Listing job openings
  • Screen and match

    potential applicants

  • Skills testing: reading

    and math

  • WIOA funding to pay for training in demand occupations.




Greetings from the County Chairman

Allegany County is a rich and vibrant place to enjoy and a great place. . . .

to do business. . . Allegany County is your single source to a wide variety of supporting resources that can help new, emerging and current businesses grow and succeed in today’s marketplace.  Just ask General Electric, Siemens, and Arvos, to name just a few companies about the advantages of having business operations in Allegany County.

to work. . . Our three local colleges provide businesses with easy access to 7,000 students and more than 1,600 annual graduates. While offering attractive incentives to businesses and manufacturing, our goals are to manage growth and development; conserve rural and scenic areas; and protect agricultural resources.

to live. . . Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains we have a relaxed, unhurried way of life with a full menu of seasonal activities to enjoy. Housing costs in Allegany County are extremely competitive to anywhere in the nation, and with two hospitals, residents have ready access to medical care. Cost of living is 5% less than the national average.

We have many opportunities for fun and recreation and there is a very bright future here in Allegany County.

I encourage you to visit and see for yourself!

Curt Crandall, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                        

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