Forestport, New York

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Forestport is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 1,692 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Forestport is located in the northeast corner of Oneida County. The north part of the town is in the Adirondack Park.



Forestport was created from the Town of Remsen in 1869.

At the end of the 19th century, many of the town's population were found to be involved in a conspiracy to divert funds set aside for canal repair for the Black River Canal. Sections of the Black River Canal were actually dynamited just to profit from repair work, infamously known as the "Forestport Breaks".

The town population in 1920 was 862.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 79.0 square miles (204.5 km²), of which, 77.2 square miles (199.9 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it (2.25%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Herkimer County, and The north town line is the border of Lewis County. The Black River and Kayuta Lake define the west town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,692 people, 736 households, and 479 families residing in the town. The population density was 21.9 people per square mile (8.5/km²). There were 2,027 housing units at an average density of 26.3/sq mi (10.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.52% White, 0.35% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.06% of the population.

There were 736 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.84.

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