Formed in 1841, rural Wyoming County lies in the southwest corner of the Finger Lakes Region. Wyoming is home to a large portion of the picturesque Letchworth State Park, as well as the Attica State Prison. Wyoming County was formed from Genesee County in 1841.
Wyoming County is one of New York's most heavily agricultural counties. Dairy is the largest industry in Wyoming County and supporting this economic sector is a top priority. In 2012 there were 713 farms, consisting of 225,864 acres, whose crops and livestock cash receipts totaled $318,505,000, the highest cash receipts total in New York State. Despite the strengths of the agricultural sector, Wyoming County recognizes that there are a multitude of challenges impacting the growth of agriculture within the County. These challenges include infrastructure limitations; workforce skills gaps; and increasing inefficiencies among producers. To combat these challenges Wyoming County is actively working to increase infrastructure capabilities to handle large volumes of waste water, support transportation needs; provide broadband access; and encourage collaboration between producers, processors, research facilities and the public and private sector. A major priority for the County is the development of a multimodel rail facility in the Town of Gainesville that will be available for use by Wyoming County businesses. Agricultural commodities are expected to be the main products that will be shipped into the facility. Wyoming’s unemployment rate is a bit higher than the state, nation, and region as a whole. However, crime rates have fallen sharply since 2000, and the county’s graduation rate is among the highest in the region.
Wyoming County Official Website
Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce
Wyoming County Census Data