Ira, New York

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Ira is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 2,426 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Ira is in the northern part of the county and is northwest of Syracuse, New York.



Ira was part of the Central New York Military Tract.

The first settlers arrived around 1800. The town was founded in 1821 from part of the Town of Cato. Part of Ira was returned to Cato in 1824.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.9 square miles (90.5 km²), of which, 34.8 square miles (90.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.26%) is water.

Many relicts of the Ice Age, drumlins, are scatterd about the town.

The north town line and part of the east town line are the border of Oswego County and the remainder of the east town line is the border of Onondaga County.

New York State Route 34 and New York State Route 176 are north-south highways in Ira. New York State Route 370 is an east-west highway along the south town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,426 people, 822 households, and 669 families residing in the town. The population density was 69.6 people per square mile (26.9/km²). There were 867 housing units at an average density of 24.9/sq mi (9.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.03% White, 0.41% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 822 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.20.

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