Carlton, New York

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Carlton is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 2,960 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Carleton, a shipbuilding district near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Town of Carlton lies in the north part of the county, on the shore of Lake Ontario.

On September 1, 2010, 5 teenagers were charged with disrupting religious services at the World Sufi Foundation mosque located in Carlton. The teenagers were accused of discharging a fire arm, yelling obscenities, and hitting a mosque attendee with a car.[1]

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History

The Town of Carlton was formed from the Towns of Gaines and Ridgeway in 1822 and was then known as the "Town of Oak Orchard." It was renamed as "Carlton" as 1825.

The population was 2,297 in 1892.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.5 square miles (115.4 km²), of which, 43.7 square miles (113.2 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (1.86%) is water.

The Oak Orchard River enters Lake Ontario in the north part of Carlton, as does Johnson Creek. The Lake Ontario State Parkway begins in the town and ends in Monroe County, New York. New York State Route 18 is the major east-west route traversing the town, while north-south Routes NY-98 and NY-279 have their northern termini in Carlton.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,960 people, 1,103 households, and 793 families residing in the town. The population density was 67.7 people per square mile (26.1/km²). There were 1,619 housing units at an average density of 37.0/sq mi (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.32% White, 3.24% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

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