Of all the real estate tax collected in Cattaraugus County, Ellicottville sits among the top, and a large percentage of the homeowners here have permanent residence elsewhere, according to research recently done by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.

According to information supplied by the Cattaraugus County Real Property and GIS Office, of the roughly 2,800 residential properties within the 14731 ZIP Code, about 1,961 are owned by people that do not call Ellicottville their permanent home. That’s about 70 percent.

Although it’s often heard that most of our seasonal homes are owned by Canadians, that’s not quite true, as the majority of our part-time neighbors are from Western New York and the Rochester area. We have owners from the Buffalo area, Grand Island, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park, Elma, Hamburg and the Jamestown/Lakewood area, to name a few.

Canada does make up the next largest group, with Ontario leading the way at 23 percent, while a couple other provinces, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, are represented as well.

Ohio and Pennsylvania are next in line with 15 and eight percent respectively, followed by owners from 22 other states, led by Florida. Ellicottville is truly international in home ownership with the most distant owner residing in Australia.

With all of these visitors coming from our own back yard, as well as from around the world, is it any reason we like to say, Ellicottville. Easy to find. Hard to leave.