Italy, New York

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Italy is a town located in Yates County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,087. The town takes its name from the European country, Italy.

The Town of Italy is in the southwestern part of the county and is south of Canandaigua .



The first settlers arrived around 1790. The town was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.

The town was founded in 1815 from the Town of Naples while still part of Ontario County. When Yates county was established in 1823, the Town of Italy became part of the new county.

The town is the location of a large elm tree that was once a council site for local natives.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.3 square miles (104.3 km²), of which, 40.2 square miles (104.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.27% water.

Italy is noted for its sharp hills and upland areas. Flint Creek and West River are two important streams flowing in a southwest direction through the town.

The west town line is the border of Ontario County, and the south town line is the border of Steuben County. The town is at the south end of Canandaigua Lake and a small part of the lake is inside the northern town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,087 people, 421 households, and 293 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.1 people per square mile (10.5/km²). There were 584 housing units at an average density of 14.5/sq mi (5.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.34% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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