Champion, New York

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Champion is a town in Jefferson County, New York, USA. The population was 4,361 at the 2000 census. The town is named after General Henry Champion, early owner.

The Town of Champion is in the southern part of the county and is east of Watertown.



Settlement began around 1798. General Henry Champion purchased the lands and sent his surveyor, Noadiah Hubbard to the land. Hubbard settled in the area where his homestead still exist today.

The town was established in 1800 from part of the Town of Mexico (Now in Oswego County) before the county was created. It was named after Henry Champion, who in return for his gratitude, commissioned a bell for the town church. In 1803, part of the town was used to establish part of the Town of Harrisburg (now in Lewis County). Early settlers hoped the town would become the locale for the county seat, but were disappointed.

The community of West Carthage set itself apart from the town in 1889 by incorporating as a village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.1 square miles (116.7 km²), of which, 44.3 square miles (114.7 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (1.71%) is water.

The Black River flows along the town's east boundary. The southeast town line is the border of Lewis County.

New York State Route 126 is a major east-west highway. Another east-west highway in the northern part of Champion intersects north-south highway New York State Route 26 at Great Bend.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,361 people, 1,675 households, and 1,190 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.4 people per square mile (38.0/km²). There were 1,906 housing units at an average density of 43.0/sq mi (16.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.85% White, 2.75% African American, 0.62% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.89% of the population.

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