Oakfield (town), New York


Oakfield (town), New York
Oakfield, New York
—  Town  —
Country United States
State New York
County Genesee
Government
 – Type Town Council
 – Town Supervisor Kenneth A. Dodd
 – Town Council
Population (2000)
 – Total 3,203
Time zone Eastern (EST)

Oakfield is a town in Genesee County, New York, United States. The population was 3,203 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is derived from the number of trees, including the oak.

The Town of Oakfield is on the northern border of Genesee County. Within the town there is also a village called Oakfield.

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History

Prehistoric earthworks indicate a previous occupation by Native Americans. The local group during historic time were the Seneca tribe. The manner in which they cut down the trees on their land gave rise to the phrase "Oak Orchard," which has current usage in the area. This area was once known as Plain Brook, after it was first settled around 1801. The town was formed in 1842 from the Town of Elba and named Oakfield.

In 1858, the community of Caryville set itself off from the town by incorporating as the Village of Oakfield.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.9 square miles (62.0 km²), of which, 23.5 square miles (60.7 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (1.96%) is water.

Oak Orchard Creek flows across the north part of the town.

The north town line is the border of Orleans County, New York (Town of Barre).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,203 people, 1,151 households, and 858 families residing in the town. The population density was 136.6 people per square mile (52.7/km²). There were 1,250 housing units at an average density of 53.3 per square mile (20.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.25% White, 1.03% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 1,151 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,579, and the median income for a family was $45,506. Males had a median income of $32,355 versus $23,403 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,405. About 5.2% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Oakfield

  • Dunhams Grove – A former location in the town.
  • East Oakfield – A hamlet on the Lockport Road east of the Village of Oakfield.
  • Five Corners (previously "Oakfield Corners") – A location northeast of the Village of Oakfield.
  • Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area – A conservation area in the north part of the town.
  • Oakfield (named at first "Plain Brook," then "Caryville" until 1858)-- The Village of Oakfield on located on NY-63.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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