Rural Life in Chautaqua County New York

Chautaqua County, New York: the seventh in a series on the best sections of North America in which to pursue rural life, including population, jobs and crime, real estate and taxes, and education and health.



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Inland acreage is less productive than lakefront land.
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Fertile lakefront land supports many vineyards.
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County farms sell for as little as $250 per acre.
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Tourism, the county's "other industry," is drawn largely by the fine artistic and cultural programs of world-famous Chautauqua Institution (which hosts 10,000 visitors a day for summer programs of drama and music, as well as theological and political debates) and by the geographic good fortune of picturesque, 2-mile-long Lake Chautauqua and a 40-mile Lake Erie shoreline on the county's northwest border.
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Chautauqua County is studded with stately historic homes and public buildings.
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Many rural roads are open to snowmobiles in winter, and summer fishing is both a business and a pleasure.
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Map of Chautauqua County, New York.
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Historic homes in Chautauqua County.
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