Leon, New York

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Leon is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 1,380 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the former Kingdom of León in Spain, though it is pronounced like the American first name, "Lee-on".

The Town of Leon is on the western border of the county, northwest of the City of Salamanca.



The town was first settled around 1819. The Town of Leon was founded in 1832 from a part of the Town of Conewango.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.0 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (93.9 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

The west town line is the border of Chautauqua County, New York.

The Conewango Creek crosses the northwest part of the town, and Mud Creek flows through the south part of the town.

US Route 62 is a major north-south highway through the western part of the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

Leon is south of the Town of Dayton and north of the Town of Conewango. To the east is the Town of New Albion. The west boundary is shared by the Town of Cherry Creek in Chautauqua County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,380 people, 378 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.1 people per square mile (14.7/km²). There were 464 housing units at an average density of 12.8/sq mi (4.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.13% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.14% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

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