Aurelius, New York

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Aurelius is a town in Cayuga County, New York, USA. The population was 2,936 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Marcus Aurelius.

The Town of Aurelius is at the western edge of the county and borders the City of Auburn.

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History

The Sullivan Expedition passed through to destroy the Cayuga villages in 1779. This region became part of the Central New York Military Tract, used to compensate New York soldiers for serving in the military.

The first official settler arrived in 1789, but prior immigrants were believed to be making homes on lands belonging to the native Iroquois.

The Town of Aurelius, formed in 1789 was already an existing town when Cayuga County was formed from Onondaga County in 1799.

In 1815, Auburn set itself apart by incorporating as a village.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.9 square miles (82.7 km²), of which, 30.3 square miles (78.4 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²) of it (5.17%) is water.

The west town line is defined by Cayuga Lake, one of the larger Finger Lakes. Conjoined US 20 and NY 5 is a major east-west highway. New York State Route 90 is a north-south highway along the shore of Cayuga Lake. New York State Route 326 passes across the southeast part of the town.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,936 people, 1,124 households, and 816 families residing in the town. The population density was 97.0 people per square mile (37.4/km²). There were 1,281 housing units at an average density of 42.3/sq mi (16.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.60% White, 0.34% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

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