- Batavia (town), New York
official_name = Batavia, New York
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of New York
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Genesee
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 125.5
area_land_km2 = 125.4
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_total_sq_mi = 48.5
area_land_sq_mi = 48.4
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 5915
population_density_km2 = 47.2
population_density_sq_mi = 122.1
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 266
elevation_ft = 873
latd = 42 |latm = 59 |lats = 41 |latNS = N
longd = 78 |longm = 12 |longs = 40 |longEW = W
The Town of Batavia was formed in 1802 along with the county. Batavia is centrally located in the county. Within the town is the City of Batavia.
The town was settled at the end of the
18th Century. When Genesee County was created in 1802, it was created with one town: the Town of Batavia. At that time the countyand its coterminous town encompassed most of western New York. The regional office of the Holland Land Company, the owner of all this territory, was located in the town, in the Village of Batavia, founded by Joseph Ellicott, the company's land agent. As other counties and towns were created, the territory of both the county and Town of Batavia shrank to its current size.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.5 square miles (125.5 km²), of which, 48.4 square miles (125.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.
Tonawanda Creekflows westward through the town, and the New York State Thruway( Interstate 90) passes across the town.
Adjacent towns and areas
To the north of the Town of Batavia are the Towns of Oakfield and Elba. The Town of Pembroke is on the west side, and the Town of Stafford is on the east side. The south border is shared by the Towns of Alexander and Bethany.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 5,915 people, 2,334 households, and 1,645 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 122.1 people per square mile (47.2/km²). There were 2,447 housing units at an average density of 50.5/sq mi (19.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.80% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.
There were 2,334 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,449, and the median income for a family was $43,425. Males had a median income of $32,098 versus $24,404 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $19,563. About 7.3% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Batavia
*City of Batavia - The city is in the east half of the town.
*Bushville -- A hamlet west of the City of Batavia on Route 5, located on the Tonawanda Creek.
*Daws Corners (also called Daws) -- A location at the intersection of Quaker Hill Road (Route 98) and Town line Road, north of the City of Batavia on the northern town line.
*East Pembroke -- A part of this community is located at the west town line on Route 5.
*Five Corners ("Newkirk") -- A hamlet on the Batavia-Elba town line in the northeast corner of the town.
Genesee Community College-- The two-year college is northeast of the City of Batavia.
*Genesee County Airport (GVQ) -- A general aviation
airportnorth of the City of Batavia. The airport also accommodates corporate and government aircraft.
*Putnam Settlement -- A location on the Batavia-Bethany town line.
*West Batavia -- A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town on Route 33.
*Dwyer Stadium -- Located at 299 Bank Street, Dwyer Stadium is the home of the
Batavia Muckdogs, the short-Season A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Western New York.
* [http://www.townofbatavia.com Town of Batavia webpage]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/ny/batavia-ny.htm Early history of Batavia]
* [http://www.genesee.edu/portals/homepage/default.cfm? Genesee Community College]
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