Ava, New York

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Ava is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 725 at the 2000 census. The name allegedly comes from a location in Burma.

The Town of Ava is in the north central part of the county. Ava is north of the City of Rome.

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History

The town was formed on May 12, 1797 from land from the Town of Boonville and the major settlement in the area, Ava Corners.

Legendary Revolutionary War scout and indian fighter Nat Foster, who is a possible inspiration for Cooper's "Natty Bumpoo" was buried in a family plot just west of Ava Corners on the West Ava Road, a modern marker placed there in 1937 by Rev. Clarence Mason, his biographer.

The population began with 9 people, grew to its largest 1,260 in 1860, but by 1920, was 610. In 1905, Hiram Cronk, the last veteran of the War of 1812, died in Ava.

The Ava Town Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.7 square miles (97.6 km²), of which, 37.7 square miles (97.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.08%) is water.

Ava is located within the Tug Hill Plateau region of New York, and the north town line is the border of Lewis County, New York. The Mohawk River, and Black River run through Ava, and Fish Creek forms Ava's western border with the Town of Annsville.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 725 people, 257 households, and 193 families residing in the town. The population density was 19.2 people per square mile (7.4/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 7.6/sq mi (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.21% White, 0.97% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 257 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.25.

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