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DeWitt is a town in Onondaga Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, USAmarker. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 24,071. The town is named after DeWitt Clinton, the governor of New York while the Erie Canal was built.The Town of DeWitt is located east of the City of Syracusemarker and borders the city on its east side. The town is a suburb of Syracuse. The town is also the site of most of the campus and all of the academic buildings of Le Moyne College.


DeWitt was part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived around 1789.

The Erie Canal progressed through the town in 1825.DeWitt was formed in 1835 from the Town of Manliusmarker.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.9 square miles (87.8 km²), of which, 33.8 square miles (87.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.15%) is water.

Southern DeWitt from I-481.

An Office Building off I-481 in the flat northern part of DeWitt.


Interstate 481 is the major highway in DeWitt crossing the center of the town, turning northward along the east side of DeWitt. I-481 intersects Interstate 690 in the eastern part of the town and Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) in the northern part of the town.

New York State Route 92 conjoined with New York State Route 5 intersects I-481 in the east part of DeWitt. New York State Route 91 has its northern terminus at New York State Route 173, which crosses the southern part of the town, at Jamesville. New York State Route 298 crosses the north part of the town while New York State Route 290 crosses the middle portion of the town. Other state routes of note include New York State Route 598 in the extreme northwest portion of town and New York State Route 635 which straddles the western town boundary with the city of Syracusemarker.

The famous Wegmans Grocery Store in DeWitt is expanding to be the largest Wegmans in the country.


As of the census of 2000, there were 24,071 people, 10,068 households, and 6,503 families residing in the town. The population density was 711.0 people per square mile (274.6/km²). There were 10,694 housing units at an average density of 315.9/sq mi (122.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.70% White, 4.89% African American, 2.98% Asian, 0.56% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

A neighborhood in the hills of DeWitt.

There were 10,068 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,759, and the median income for a family was $60,325. Males had a median income of $45,926 versus $29,797 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,198. About 4.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in DeWitt

  • Clark Reservation State Parkmarker – A state park south of Syracuse.
  • Collamer (formerly "Brittons Settlement") – A hamlet in the northeast part of DeWitt on NY 298.
  • DeWitt (formerly "Youngsville" and "Orville") – The hamlet of DeWitt is near the town center on NY 5.
  • East Syracusemarker – A village east of Eastwood.
  • Franklin Park – A suburban hamlet in the northwest part of DeWitt.
  • Jamesvillemarker – A hamlet in the south of DeWitt on NY-173.
  • Lyndon Corners – A hamlet in the eastern portion of town.
  • Morehouse Flats – An early community located north of Jamesville.
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airportmarker – Half the airport is in the northwest part of DeWitt.
  • Oot Park – A hamlet by the east town line
  • Fiddlers Green Park – a small, developing park in the hamlet of Jamesville


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