Constable, New York

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Constable is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 1,428 at the 2000 census. The town is named after William Constable, a member of the syndicate of original land owners.

The Town of Constable is on the northern border of the county and is north of the Village of Malone.

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History

The Town of Constable was founded in 1807 from part of the Town of Malone. Its territory was reduced later to form other towns: Fort Covingtion (1817) and Westville (1829).

An early business opportunity involved "line stores," constructed so part of the shop was in Canada and the other end in the United States, allowing subtle shifting of merchandise across the border without the inconvenience of customs duties.

During the Civil War, draftable men slipped easily across the border to Canada to avoid military service.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.8 square miles (85.0 km²), all of it land.

The north town line is the international border between the United States and Canada and is the border of Quebec.

New York State Route 122 is an east-west highway in the town. New York State Route 30 intersects NY-122 at Constable village.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,428 people, 533 households, and 390 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.5 people per square mile (16.8/km²). There were 607 housing units at an average density of 18.5/sq mi (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.55% White, 0.07% African American, 1.47% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.14% of the population.

There were 533 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.03.

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