Gorham, New York

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Gorham is a town in Ontario County, New York, USA. The population was 3,776 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Nathaniel Gorham.

The Town of Gorham is at the south border of the county, southeast of Canandaigua, NY.



The town was created at the same time as the county (1789) as the "Town of Easton." The town changed its name to "Lincoln" in 1806, and adopted the current name, the name of an early proprietor, in 1807. Part of Gorham was taken in 1822 to form the Town of Hopewell. More territory, including the east shore of Canandaigua Lake, was added to Gorham in 1824.

A fire consumed much of Gorham village in 1868.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.2 square miles (137.8 km²), of which, 48.9 square miles (126.7 km²) of it is land and 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²) of it (8.10%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Yates County, and the east town line is marked by Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

New York State Route 245 intersects New York State Route 247 northeast of Rushville. NY-247 and New York State Route 364 are north-south highways in the town, but NY-364 is farther west near Canandaigua Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,776 people, 1,410 households, and 1,036 families residing in the town. The population density was 77.2 people per square mile (29.8/km²). There were 1,900 housing units at an average density of 38.9/sq mi (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.36% White, 0.37% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 1,410 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.05.

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