Genoa, New York

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Genoa is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,914 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Genoa is located in the southwest corner of the county and is north of Ithaca, New York. Genoa is in the heart of the Finger Lake District.



The Sullivan Expedition moved through the area in 1779 destroying native villages and stores. Genoa became part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived in 1791.

The town was created as "Milton" in 1789 while still part of Onondaga County. The name was changed to Genoa in 1808. The Town of Genoa was reduced to form the Town of Locke in 1802. Genoa was reduced again in 1817 to form the Town of Lansing (in Tompkins County).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.1 square miles (111.7 km²), of which, 39.7 square miles (102.7 km²) of it is land and 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²) of it (8.00%) is water.

The west town line, marked by Cayuga Lake, is the border of Seneca County, and the south town line is the border of Tompkins County.

New York State Route 34 and New York State Route 34B are north-south highways through the town. New York State Route 90 becomes an east-west highway at Jump Corners.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,914 people, 718 households, and 529 families residing in the town. The population density was 48.3 people per square mile (18.6/km²). There were 927 housing units at an average density of 23.4/sq mi (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.02% White, 0.52% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.40% of the population.

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