Jerusalem, New York

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Jerusalem is a town in Yates County, New York in the United States. The population was 4,525 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the ancient city of Jerusalem in the Middle East.

The Town of Jerusalem is on the south border of the county and is southwest of Geneva, New York.



Jerusalem was within the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. It was first settled around 1791. Among the earliest settlers were the evangelist Jemima Wilkinson and her congregation.

The town was an original town of the county. It was established in 1789, while still in Ontario County and became part of Yates County when the county was created in 1823. The area around Bluff Point was annexed to the town in 1814.

Jerusalem has been divided to form other towns in the county: in 1803, the Town of Benton was taken from Jerusalem, and itself later divided to make other towns.

Branchport is a purported birthplace of Seneca leader Red Jacket.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.4 square miles (169.4 km²), of which, 58.9 square miles (152.5 km²) of it is land and 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²) of it (9.97%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Steuben County. The town contains parts of each branch of Keuka Lake.

New York State Route 54A crosses the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,525 people, 1,606 households, and 1,117 families residing in the town. The population density was 76.8 people per square mile (29.7/km²). There were 2,523 housing units at an average density of 42.8/sq mi (16.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.39% White, 0.55% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

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