Ellicottville is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 1,598 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Joseph Ellicott, principal land agent of the Holland Land Company.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.2 square miles (117.0 km), of which 45.1 square miles (116.8 km) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km), or 0.21%, is water.
Great Valley Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River, flows through the town. U.S. Route 219, linking the town to the suburbs of Buffalo to the north and to Salamanca to the south, passes through the town. New York State Route 242 runs east–west through the town, intersecting US 219 in the village of Ellicottville. New York State Route 240 ends at NY 242 in the hamlet of Ashford, in the northeast part of the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,738 people, 770 households, and 462 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.5 people per square mile (14.9/km²). There were 2,097 housing units at an average density of 46.5 per square mile (17.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.16% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.
There were 770 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the town, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $43,571, and the median income for a family was $50,813. Males had a median income of $40,000 versus $21,818 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,291. About 5.5% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.