Howard, New York

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Howard is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 1,430 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Howard is in the west-central part of the county, east of Hornell, New York.



The town was first settled around 1803, but not permanently settled until after that date. The town was formed in 1812 from parts of the Towns of Bath and Dansville. In turn, Howard contributed some of its territory to form part of the Towns of Avoca (1843) and Fremont (1854).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.7 square miles (157.3 km²), of which, 60.6 square miles (157.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.

Interstate 86 passes across the north half of the town. Exit 35 is located in the town of Howard itself.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,430 people, 505 households, and 384 families residing in the town. The population density was 23.6 people per square mile (9.1/km²). There were 705 housing units at an average density of 11.6/sq mi (4.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.60% White, 0.35% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 505 households out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.

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