Le Ray, New York

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Le Ray is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 19,836 at the 2000 census. The town is named for Jacques-Donatien Le Ray, from France.

The Town of Le Ray is in the central part of the county and is east of Watertown.



Archaeological remains show the presence of aboriginal natives in the town.

The region was part of Macomb's Purchase and was acquired by Gouverneur Morris and James Le Ray in 1800. Settlement began around 1802.

The town was formed in 1806 and included a large portion of northern Jefferson County. Parts of the town was used to create the Towns of Wilna, Alexandria, Theresa, Antwerp, and Philadelphia.

Many of the historic settlements of the town were abandoned due to the formation of Fort Drum, which occupies the eastern part of the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 74.0 square miles (191.7 km²), of which, 73.7 square miles (190.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.43%) is water.

The Black River marks the south town border.

US Route 11 is a northeast-southwest highway through Le Ray. New York State Route 3 passes across the southeast part of Le Ray. New York State Route 26 is a north-south highway. New York State Route 37 is a north-south highway in the western part of Le Ray. New York State Route 342 crosses the south part of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,836 people, 4,998 households, and 4,303 families residing in the town. The population density was 269.1 people per square mile (103.9/km²). There were 5,245 housing units at an average density of 71.2/sq mi (27.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.48% White, 16.36% African American, 0.79% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.49% Pacific Islander, 6.09% from other races, and 3.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.94% of the population.

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