Alfred is a town in Allegany County, New York. It has a village by the same name at its center. It was formed in 1808 when the county was reorganized. It was incorporated the same year. It has a total area of 31.6 square miles. 31.5 square miles of the area is land, and the rest is water. Alfred Station, Alfred Center, Dykes Creek, East Valley, Five Corners and Jericho Hill are some of the communities that fall within the town of Alfred.
Institutes of higher learning such as The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred University and Alfred State College are all located in the village of Alfred. Thus, educational services are the major contributor to the local economy. The closest hospital is Jones Memorial Hospital, located 14 miles away in Wellsville. Steuben Trust Company and Community Bank, National Association have local branches. The cost of living here is 0.70% higher than the country average.
The area gets 37 inches of rain annually. The number of days with measurable precipitation annually is 156. The amount of snowfall is quite high, about 81 inches annually.