Arkwright is a town in Chautauqua County, New
York, in the USA.
of the 2000 census
, the town
population was 1,126. The town is named after Richard Arkwright
, the inventor of a
Town of Arkwright is in the northeast quadrant of
the county and is southeast of the City of
Settlement began around 1807.The Town of Arkwright was established in 1829
from the Towns of Villenova and Pomfret.
farms and cheese
making were important in the early economy. Arkwright was one of
the first towns in New York to form a cheese cooperative.
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
35.8 square miles
), of which, 35.7 square
miles (92.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles
(0.2 km²) of it (0.17%) is water.
New York State Route 83
major east-west highway through the town.
Canadaway Creek passes through the south part of the town.
Adjacent towns and locations
The Town of Pomfret is to the west and Town of Villenova is to the
Sheridan is to the north and the Town of
Charlotte is to the south.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,126
people, 421 households, and 320 families residing in the town. The
people per square mile (12.2/km²). There were 509 housing units at
an average density of 14.3/sq mi (5.5/km²). The racial makeup
of the town was 98.49% White
, 0.62% Native
, 0.09% Asian
0.18% from other races
and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.51% of the
There were 421 households out of which 34.4% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married
living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 18.5% of all
households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age
of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to
64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,974, and the
median income for a family was $45,294. Males had a median income
of $33,313 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$18,802. About 6.7% of families and 8.8% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 13.9%
of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Arkwright
- Arkwright – The hamlet of Arkwright, located on the west side
of the town at the Route 83
County Road 79 junction.
- Black Corners – A hamlet on Route 83 east of
- Canadaway State Wildlife Management Area – A
conservation area in the south part of the town.
- Chicken Tavern – A location on Route 83
between Arkwright and Black Corners.
- Cowdens Corners – A hamlet on Route 83 in the
northwest corner of the town.
- Griswold – A hamlet in the south part of the
town at the junction of County Roads 72 and 79.
- Towns Corners – A location near the east town
- West Mud Lake – A small lake on the eastern
town line near Route 83.