Brutus, New York

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Brutus is a town in Cayuga County, New York, USA. The population was 4,777 at the 2000 census. The name was assigned by a clerk interested in classics.

The Town of Brutus is located in the east part of the county and is west of Syracuse.

Brutus claims to be the most populous town in the county.



Brutus was within the Central New York Military Tract. The Town of Brutus was established in 1802 from the Town of Aurelius.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.5 square miles (58.3 km²), of which, 22.1 square miles (57.3 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (1.60%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Onondaga County, and the north town line is defined by the Senca River/Erie Canal. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) passes along the northern part of the town.

East-west New York State Route 31 intersects north-south New York State Route 34 in Weedsport.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,777 people, 1,793 households, and 1,296 families residing in the town. The population density was 215.8 people per square mile (83.3/km²). There were 1,956 housing units at an average density of 88.3/sq mi (34.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.74% White, 0.36% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 1,793 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.

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