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McDonough is a town in Chenango Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 870 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Thomas McDonough, a naval officer who served on Lake Champlainmarker and other locations.

The Town of McDonough is located in the western part of Chenango County, west of Norwichmarker.


The Town of McDonough was settled around 1795.McDonough was founded in 1816 from part of the Town of Prestonmarker.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.6 square miles (102.6 km²), of which, 39.1 square miles (101.3 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.31%) is water.

New York State Route 220 is a highway following a meandering course through the town.


As of the census of 2000, there were 870 people, 349 households, and 248 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.2 people per square mile (8.6/km²). There were 590 housing units at an average density of 15.1/sq mi (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.09% White, 1.26% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.

There were 349 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,402, and the median income for a family was $33,125. Males had a median income of $26,974 versus $19,231 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,558. About 7.7% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in McDonough

  • Bowman Lake State Parkmarker – A state park north of East McDonough.
  • East McDonough – A hamlet on NY-220 in the eastern part of the town.
  • Genegantslet Lake – A privately-owned and maintained lake in the northwest part of the town.
  • Lake Ludlow – A lake in the south part of the town.
  • McDonough – The hamlet of McDonough is on NY-220 at the junction of County Roads 5, 7, and 8 in the western part of the town.

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Notable Residents

Dustin Warburton (Author) and Nathan Gorman (illustrator) grew up in McDonough. Dustin's first book, "Taste" was a horror story about the town of McDonough. His fourth book, "Hill House Horror" will debut in 2009 and is the final chapter in the McDonough horror anthology. Dee-von is also a resident of McDonough. However he vowed never to return ever again.


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