Arcadia, New York

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Arcadia is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 14,889 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Arcadia is on the south border of the county and is east of Rochester NY.

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History

The town was first settled around 1791. The Town of Arcadia was formed from the Town of Lyons in 1825.

An asylum for the mentally retarded was established in Arcadia in 1789.

In 1957, the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society acquired Zurich Bog for conservation.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.1 square miles (135.0 km²), of which, 52.0 square miles (134.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.19%) is water. The Erie Canal passes across the town and through the Village of Newark. The east end of "The Wide Waters," a wide part of the canal is in the town.

The terrain contains many drumlins from past glaciation.

The south town line is the border of Ontario County.

New York State Route 31 (east-west) intersects New York State Route 88 in Newark just south of the Erie Canal.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 14,889 people, 5,776 households, and 3,910 families residing in the town. The population density was 286.1 people per square mile (110.5/km²). There were 6,115 housing units at an average density of 117.5/sq mi (45.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.44% White, 3.84% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.11% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.53% of the population.

There were 5,776 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

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