Broome, New York

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Broome is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 947 at the 2000 census. The town is named after John Broome.

The Town of Broome is on the eastern border of the county, southwest of Albany.

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History

The town was one of the six original towns when the county was formed in 1797. Originally, named the "Town of Bristol," the name was changed to "Broome" in 1811.

Few settlers came to Broome until after the American Revolution.

Past residents of note

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.1 square miles (124.5 km²), of which, 47.8 square miles (123.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.58%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Albany County.

Catskill Creek originates in Broome.

New York State Route 145 is a north-south highway through Broome.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 947 people, 407 households, and 260 families residing in the town. The population density was 19.8 people per square mile (7.7/km²). There were 767 housing units at an average density of 16.1/sq mi (6.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.41% White, 0.74% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.74% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.80% of the population.

There were 407 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.91.

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