Kirkwood, New York

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Kirkwood is a town in Broome County, New York, United States. The population was 5,651 at the 2000 census. The town is named after James P. Kirkwood, who was an engineer responsible for constructing the local railroad.

The Town of Kirkwood is in the south-central part of the county, southeast of Binghamton, New York.



Around 1781, Jonathan Fitch built a gristmill here, becoming the first pioneer settler. The Town of Kirkwood was formed from the Town of Conklin in 1859.

In 2006, parts of the town were damaged when the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81.3 km²), of which, 31.0 square miles (80.2 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.37%) is water.

The south town line is the state line of Pennsylvania (Susquehanna County).

The Susquehanna River forms the western border. US Route 11 and Interstate 81 pass through the town, following the course of the Susquehanna. New York State Route 17 passes across the north part of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,651 people, 2,247 households, and 1,611 families residing in the town. The population density was 182.5 people per square mile (70.5/km²). There were 2,469 housing units at an average density of 79.7/sq mi (30.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.60% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

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