Busti (/ˈbʌstaɪ/ BUST-eye) is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 7,351 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Paul Busti, an official of the Holland Land Company, but its pronunciation uses a long i sound at the end, a frequent alteration in the names of several upstate New York towns. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.9 km), of which 0.015 square miles (0.04 km), or 0.03%, is water.
The south town line is the border of Warren County, Pennsylvania.
New York State Route 474 intersects New York State Route 394 in the northwest corner of the town near Cottage Park.
The lakefront of northern Busti comprises a continuous line of hamlets, originally begun as vacation homes.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,760 people, 3,210 households, and 2,240 families residing in the town. The population density was 162.4 people per square mile (62.7/km²). There were 3,876 housing units at an average density of 81.1 per square mile (31.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.52% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.
There were 3,210 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the town, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,450, and the median income for a family was $47,798. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $26,148 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,602. About 4.5% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.