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.

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.