Van Buren is a town located in Onondaga County, New
Town of Van Buren Rolling Hills.
As of the 2000 census, the town had a
population of 12,667. The town is named after future President
Martin van Buren
, who was then
governor of the state.
Town of Van Buren is located northwest of the
Syracuse and is in the northwest part of the county.
Part of the town is a distant suburb
The town was part of the Central New York Military
of 1789 used to pay off soldiers. Most of the soldiers
chose to sell their allotments for cash so that the town was
briefly in the hands of land speculators until the actual residents
purchased lots. Settlement began around 1791.
of Van Buren was formed in 1829 from the Town of
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
36.1 square miles (93.6 km²), of which, 35.6 square
miles (92.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles
(1.4 km²) of it (1.52%) is water.
town line is the border of Cayuga County.
Van Buren is south of the Seneca
. The town is also west
Lake is located at the west town line.
The New York State Thruway
) crosses the south part
of the town. Interstate 690
major highway intersecting the Thruway in the eastern part of Van
Buren. New York State Route
is a north-south highway in the middle of Van Buren, and
New York State Route 173
an east-west highway in the south part of the town. New York State Route 48
course of the Seneca River in the eastern part of Van Buren.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 12,667
people, 5,288 households, and 3,384 families residing in the town.
The population density
people per square mile (137.5/km²). There were 5,618 housing units
at an average density of 158.0/sq mi (61.0/km²). The racial
makeup of the town was 97.05% White
, 0.80% African American
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.17% from
, and 1.06%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.75% of the
New Ryan Homes in the Town of Van
There were 5,288 households out of which 29.0% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples
living together, 9.7% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families.
30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age
of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to
64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
39 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 $43,003, and the
median income for a family was $50,724. Males had a median income
of $37,230 versus $26,842 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$20,997. About 4.9% of families and 6.6% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 7.6%
of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Van Buren
- Bangall —- A hamlet north of Ionia. It was
called "Sand Spring" when the first sawmill in the town was built
there in 1815.
- Baldwinsville —- The south part of the Village of
- Crows Hollow —- A location northeast of
- Daboll Corners – A location east of Jack's
- Ionia (formerly "Barns Corners") – A hamlet
near the south town line on NY-173. Ionia was the site of the first
Reef – A hamlet in the western part of the town by the
- Jones Point – A location west of Jack's Reef
on the south shore of Cross Lake.
- Memphis —- A hamlet at the south town line, south of
Ionia. It was formerly called "Canton."
- Seneca Knolls —- A hamlet
- Stiles —- A hamlet near the east town line and
southeast of Seneca Knolls.
- Van Buren —- The hamlet of Van Buren is in the
eastern part of the town near Seneca Knolls.
- Village Green —- A hamlet southeast of Baldwinsville.
- Warners —- A hamlet at the south town line on
NY-173 near the Thruway.