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Yates County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Yorkmarker. As of the 2000 census, the population was 24,621. The county seat is Penn Yanmarker. The name is in honor of Joseph C. Yates, who as Governor of New York signed the act establishing the county.


When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Yates County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermontmarker and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Oceanmarker. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.

On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Tryon County, contained the western portion (and thus, since no western boundary was specified, theoretically still extended west to the Pacific). The eastern boundary of Tryon County was approximately five miles west of the present city of Schenectadymarker, and the county included the western part of the Adirondack Mountains and the area west of the West Branch of the Delaware River. The area then designated as Tryon County now includes 37 counties of New York State. The county was named for William Tryon, colonial governor of New York.

In the years prior to 1776, most of the Loyalists in Tryon County fled to Canadamarker. In 1784, following the peace treaty that ended the American Revolutionary War, the name of Tryon County was changed to honor the general, Richard Montgomery, who had captured several places in Canada and died attempting to capture the city of Quebecmarker, replacing the name of the hated British governor.

On January 27, 1789, of Montgomery County was split off to create Ontario Countymarker, including the lands of the present Alleganymarker, Cattaraugusmarker, Chautauquamarker, Eriemarker, Geneseemarker, Livingstonmarker, Monroemarker, Niagaramarker, Orleansmarker, Steubenmarker, Wyomingmarker, and Yates Counties, and part of Schuylermarker and Wayne Countiesmarker.

On March 18, 1796, of Ontario County was partitioned to form Steuben Countymarker.

On April 3, 1801, Ontario County exchanged land with Cayuga Countymarker, and lost as a result.

On March 30, 1802, Ontario County lost of land through the partition of Genesee Countymarker,including the present Alleganymarker, Cattaraugusmarker, Chautauquamarker, Eriemarker, Niagaramarker, Orleansmarker and Wyoming Countiesmarker and parts of Livingstonmarker and Monroe Countiesmarker.

In 1821, Ontario County was reduced in size by combining portions of Genesee and Ontario Counties to create Livingstonmarker and Monroe Countiesmarker.

On 1823-02-05, Yates County was formed from of Ontario County, including the area that included Vine Valley, Middlesexmarker, Penn Yanmarker, and Dresden, New York.

On 1826-01-01, of Steuben County was partioned and added to Yates, which included Starkeymarker, Dundeemarker, and Lakemont, New Yorkmarker.

On 1828-04-15, was partioned from Yates, and passed to Seneca and Tompkins Counties, mostly in the forest.

On 1860-03-17, Ontario County was authorized to gain land from Yates, but it was never put into effect.

On 1946-04-18, Yates gained from Schuyler and Senaca Counties, which produced the current borders of Yates County.


Yates County is in the western part of New York State, northwest ofIthacamarker and southeast of Rochestermarker. It has a total area of 376 square miles (973 km²), of which, 338 square miles (876 km²) of it is land and 38 square miles (97 km²) of it (9.99%) is water. Yates County is in the Finger Lakesmarker Region.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 24,621 people, 9,029 households, and 6,284 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 12,064 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.90% White, 0.56% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population. 21.3% were of English, 16.5% German, 11.4% Irish, 10.7% Americanmarker, 5.3% Danish and 5.3% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 5.46% report speaking Pennsylvania German, German, or Dutch at home; a further 1.54% speak Spanish.[8994]

There were 9,029 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,640, and the median income for a family was $40,681. Males had a median income of $29,671 versus $21,566 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,781. About 8.90% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.90% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

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==> label within parentheses is official designation. Note - In New York State, a village is an incorporated settlement; a hamlet is an unincorporated settlement

Additional county information

Keuka College is in ths county.

Penn Yan Airport (PEO), the principal airport in the county, is on a hill south of Penn Yan.

See also


  1. New York. Laws of New York.1823, 46th Session, Chapter 30, Section 1; Page 21
  2. New York. Laws of New York.1824, 47th Session, Chapter 171; Page 182
  3. New York. Revised Statutes of the State of New York, Passed during the years 1827 and 1828; 3 Volumes; Albany, New York.1829; Volume 3;Pages 14-15
  4. New York. Laws of New York.1860, 83rd Session, Chapter 76; Page 120
  5. New York. Laws of New York.1946, 169th Session, Chapter 901; Page 1686

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