Exeter, New York

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Exeter is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The town is located in the norther part of the county. The population was 954 at the 2000 census. It is named after the county town and cathedral city of Exeter in England.



The name Exeter derives from the city of Exeter in Devon, England.

John Tunnicliff purchased 12,000 acres (49 km2) of a patent that included the town from David Schuyler and others in 1756, but had to abandon attempts to settle the town until after the French and Indian War.

The first settlements were made around 1769 near Angel Hill. The town was formed from the Town of Richfield in 1799.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.7 square miles (84.6 km²), of which, 32.1 square miles (83.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (1.75%) is water.

The east town line borders, in part, Canadarago Lake. Wharton Creek flows down the west side of the town. Angel Hill is an elevation near the south town line.

New York State Route 28 is a north-south highway near the east town line, and New York State Route 51 is a north-south highway near the west town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 954 people, 373 households, and 280 families residing in the town. The population density was 29.7 people per square mile (11.5/km²). There were 542 housing units at an average density of 16.9/sq mi (6.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.44% White, 1.57% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 373 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.94.

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