Yates County is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, offering a unique blend of water, wine, and wilderness. The county has shoreline on three of the Finger Lakes: Canandaigua, Keuka, and Seneca; which provide beautiful scenery, a moderate climate and abundant opportunities for recreation and business endeavors throughout the year. Yates County is also largest wine grape growing county in the United States outside of California, and is home to more wineries than any other county in New York State. The landscape is graced with pristine Mennonite  farms, award winning wineries, and farm markets full of locally grown products.

Quality of Life:

A rural county in nature, there are world class amenities within arms’ reach!

Located in the Heart of the Finger Lakes

  • Yates County has shorelines on Keuka, Canandaigua and Seneca Lakes

Diversified Economic Base

  • Manufacturing, Agriculture, Tourism
  • $2 billion in annual capital expenditures within 20 miles

Largest Wine Growing County Outside of California!

  • More than 5,000 acres of vineyards
  • 25+ wineries call Yates County home

The Northeast’s Organic Center!

  • 40+ certified organic farms
  • numerous organic processors and ancillary services
  • New York’s only organic grain facility

Fastest Growing population in western New York

  • 180,000 people located within 30 minutes

Surrounded by World Class Universities

  • Cornell University, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester are all within one hour’s drive
  • Yates County is home to Keuka College (Penn Yan)

Economic & Business Benefits

Unmatched Values!

  • Local companies enjoy a very low cost of business
  • Empire Zone Locations (No State taxes for 10 years)
  • Electric rates at just $0.0172 per kWh … TOTAL!
  • Average wages 30% below Rochester MSA averages
  • Fully infrastructured business parks start at just $25,000 per acre!

Yates County Data:

Population and Housing:

  • Population: 25,256 (2013)
  • Persons per Square Mile: 75
  • Home Ownership Rate: 77.8%
  • Median Value of Owner Occupied Homes: $117,000


  • Median Household Income: $48,245
  • Below the Poverty Rate: 16%
  • Private Non-farm Firms: 548
  • Private Non-farm Employment: 5,029
  • Total Firms: 1,797