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Windsor is a town in Broome Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 6,421 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Windsor is on the south border of the county and is east of Binghamtonmarker. The town also includes a village named Windsormarker. It is the largest town in the county.

History

Around 1712 the Tuscarora tribe settled in the northern part of the town. Their fortified village, Ouaquaga, was an outpost of the British Colonies. The village was destroyed by colonial forces in 1778.The region was first settled by outsiders around 1785.The Town of Windsor was formed in 1807, the year following the formation of Broome County. The town was reduced in size by the addition of two other new towns in 1821: Sanfordmarker and Colesvillemarker. In 1851, a small part of Windsor was used to help form the Town of Conklinmarker.

The infamous socialite Tyler Benson was born and raised here

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 92.8 square miles (240.2 km²), of which, 91.5 square miles (237.0 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it (1.36%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Pennsylvaniamarker. The Susquehanna River flows southward through the town.

New York State Route 17 is a major highway crossing the town from east to west. New York State Route 79, a north-south highway, intersects NY-17 at Windsor village.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,421 people, 2,339 households, and 1,744 families residing in the town. The population density was 70.2 people per square mile (27.1/km²). There were 2,793 housing units at an average density of 30.5/sq mi (11.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.93% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 2,339 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,043, and the median income for a family was $61,028. Males had a median income of $41,224 versus $35,028 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,182. About 4.2% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Windsor

  • Blatchley – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Cascade Valley – A hamlet near the south town line.
  • Damascus – A hamlet southeast of Windsor village on County Road 28.
  • Dunbar – A hamlet in the northwest corner of the town.
  • East Windsor – A hamlet northeast of Windsor village on County Road 233.
  • Edson – A hamlet south of Windsor village.
  • Flowers – A hamlet southwest of Windsor village.
  • Hawkins Pond Park – A park at the south town line.
  • Lester – A location in the western part of the town.
  • Occanum – A hamlet west of Windsor village.
  • South Windsor – A hamlet south of Windsor village on NY Route 79.
  • State Line – A hamlet near the Pennsylvania border on Route 79.
  • Wake – A location near the east town line.
  • West Windsor – A hamlet near the west town line on NY-17 at the junction of County Road 217.
  • Windsormarker – The Village of Windsor, located by the Susquehanna River near the center of the town. The village is the largest community in the town.


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