Honeoye Falls is a small village nestled in the most southeastern corner of Monroe County, about thirteen miles from the City of Rochester. It is located on the falls of Honeoye Creek and lies within the town of Mendon. According to the US Census Bureau, the village has a total area of approximately 2.6 square miles.
From the time of the Seneca Indians residing in this vicinity through the pioneer days and into the present, Honeoye Falls, originally known as Norton Mills, has maintained a particularly family-oriented atmosphere in spite of the changing times.
The shopping area of the village boasts of drug stores, dry-cleaning establishments, a variety store, furniture stores, auto parts distributor, a gardening outlet, a hobby shop, a lumber yard, automobile agencies and a supermarket.
Other shopping conveniences available are advantageously located throughout the village area; gift shops, beauty parlors, florists, furniture refinishing establishments, travel agencies and even a tanning salon.
All offering services usually only found in larger communities: attorneys, doctors, dentists, insurance agencies, optometrists, and veterinarians have offices located within walking distances of the village shopping area.
The Village was founded in 1791 by Zebulon Norton who purchased 1,820 acres of land for 12 1/2 cents per acre. Norton established the mode of life for the community by building a grist mill and later a saw mill to encourage settlers to this decidedly scenic and fruitful section of upper New York State. In 1827, Hiram Finch built a second mill which would come to be called the Lower Mill. On May 17, 1973, the Lower Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As of the 2000 US Census, there were 2,595 people, 1,114 households, and 672 families residing in the village. There were 1,156 housing units with an average density of which 695 were owner occupied, 419 were renter occupied and 42 were vacant. The racial makeup of the village was 97.15% White, 1.04% Hispanic or Latino, 1.00% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races.
Out of the 1,114 households, 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.2 males.
Public schools in Honeoye Falls are part of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District. Schools within the village include Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and Manor Intermediate School. The Lima Primary School is in the district but located in Town of Lima. The School mascot is the Cougar.
In the village, 93.2% of the population 25 years and older hold a high school diploma or higher, 43.5% a bachelor's degree or higher, and 16.4% a graduate/professional degree.