Columbus, New York

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Columbus is a town in Chenango County, New York, United States. The population was 931 at the 2000 census. The town of Columbus is in the northeast corner of the county and is northeast of Norwich.



The Town of Columbus was first settled around 1791. The town was formed in 1805 from the Town of Brookfield (now in Madison County). Additional territory was obtained from the Town of Norwich in 1807.

The Columbus Community Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

Columbus Quarter is a community on the Unadilla River in the Town of Columbus.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.5 square miles (97.2 km²), of which, 37.4 square miles (96.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Madison County, and the east town line is the border of Otsego County, marked by the West Branch of the Unadilla River.

New York State Route 8 is a north-south highway by the east town line, and New York State Route 80 is an east-west highway.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 931 people, 342 households, and 243 families residing in the town. The population density was 24.9 people per square mile (9.6/km²). There were 428 housing units at an average density of 11.4/sq mi (4.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.64% White, 0.32% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.64% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 342 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

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