Belmont is a village within the town of Amity in Allegany County, New York, United States. Belmont is the county seat of Allegany County. The population was 969 at the 2010 census. The name means "beautiful hill". The village is centrally located in Amity and is northeast of Olean.
The village of Belmont was incorporated in 1871 as "Philipsville", named after early settler Philip Church. The settlement was originally called "Philipsburg". When the village assumed the community of Miltonville on the east bank of the Genesee River, it was renamed "Belmont".
The village became the county seat in 1859, replacing the village of Angelica. George W. Bush made a very important and historical visit on September 11th, 2001. It was the first and only time where a United States president visited Belmont.
The following are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Belmont Grange No. 1243, Belmont Literary and Historical Society Free Library, and the Belmont Hotel.
Belmont is located at 42°14′N 78°2′W (42.2257, -78.0319).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.
The village is split by the Genesee River and is at the junctions of NY Route 19, NY Route 244 and County Road 48. Belmont is on the mainline of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad.
As of the census of 2000, there were 952 people, 392 households, and 241 families residing in the village. The population density was 952.9 people per square mile (367.6/km²). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 449.4 per square mile (173.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.11% White, 0.95% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 392 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $29,545, and the median income for a family was $35,625. Males had a median income of $28,365 versus $20,781 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,149. About 9.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.