Fenton, New York

Fenton, New York

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
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subdivision_name1 = New York
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Broome
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area_total_km2 = 86.4
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area_total_sq_mi = 33.4
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 6909
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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Fenton is a town in Broome County, New York, United States. The population was 6,909 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Reuben Fenton, a governor of New York.

The Town of Fenton is in the northeastern part of the county and is northeast of Binghamton.

History

The town was first settled around 1788. The Town of Fenton, then called "Port Crane," was formed from the Town of Chenango in 1855. The name was changed to Fenton in 1867.

The former Chenango Canal (1834 - 1876) passed along the west side of the town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.4 square miles (86.4 km²), of which, 32.9 square miles (85.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.47%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Chenango County, and the west town line is marked by the Chenango River.

Interstate 88 crosses the south part of the town. New York State Route 7 parallels the interstate. New York State Route 369 is a north-south highway in the town and intersects New York State Route 79 at North Fenton.

Adjacent towns and areas

To the east is the Town of Colesville, and to the west are the Towns of Chenango and Barker. The Towns of Kirkwood and Dickinson are on the south side. The Town of Greene in Chenango County is at the north town line.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,909 people, 2,763 households, and 1,947 families residing in the town. The population density was 210.1 people per square mile (81.1/km²). There were 2,941 housing units at an average density of 89.4/sq mi (34.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.52% White, 0.87% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 2,763 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,622, and the median income for a family was $45,869. Males had a median income of $37,800 versus $25,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,780. About 4.6% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and other locations in Fenton

*Chenango Valley State Park -- A state park adjacent to the Chenango River.
*Chenango Lake -- A small lake in the state park.
*Fenton -- A location on NY-369 near the state park.
*Hillcrest -- A residential community west of the Chenango River neighboring Chenango Bridge and Port Dickinson.
*Lily Lake -- A small lake north of Chenango Lake.
*North Fenton -- A hamlet at the junction of NY-79 and NY-369 by the north town line. It was originally called "Ketchums Corners."
*Pleasant Hill -- A hamlet in the south part of the town on County Road 193.
*Port Crane -- A hamlet near the Chenango River and the south town line, near the intersection of NY-369, NY-7, and I-88. It was formerly a port on the now-defunct Chenango Canal and was named after Jason Crane, a canal engineer.
*Quinneville -- A hamlet at the north town line on NY-79.
*Wyman Corner -- A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.

Famous residents

* Baseball legend Billy Martin operated a farm in Port Crane after retiring from the New York Yankees.

References

External links

* [http://www.gobroomecounty.com/community/TownOfFenton.php Town of Fenton webpage]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/ny/fenton-ny.htm Early history of Fenton, NY]


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