Conesus, New York

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Conesus is a town in Livingston County, New York (NY), United States. The population was 2,353 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from a native word meaning "Berry place."

The Town of Conesus is on the county's east border, and is north of Dansville, NY.



Settlement began around 1795. In 1819, Conesus was formed from parts of the Towns of Groveland and Livonia as the "Town of Freeport." The name was changed to "Browersville" in March, 1825 and was changed to "Conesus" a month later.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.8 km²), of which, 32.9 square miles (85.3 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it (8.10%) is water.

Conesus Lake is on the west border of the town, and Hemlock Lake is on the east border of the town. Both lakes are considered minor Finger Lakes. The east town line is the border of Ontario County. The shore of Conesus Lake is a shallow gradient, so many communities are located by Conesus Lake. None are located at Hemlock Lake because the City of Rochester owns the lake and much of the surrounding property. The lake is used for the City of Rochester's water supply.

New York State Route 15 is an important north-south highway, which intersects the former New York State Route 255 at Conesus village.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,353 people, 869 households, and 662 families residing in the town. The population density was 71.5 people per square mile (27.6/km²). There were 983 housing units at an average density of 29.9/sq mi (11.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.17% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.

There were 869 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.05.

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