Leyden, New York

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Leyden is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 1,792 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Leyden is in the south part of the county and is north of Rome.



Settlement began around 1794.

Leyden was formed from the Town of Steuben (in Oneida County, New York) in 1797. Leyden formed part of a tract called the "Inman Triangle."

The Town of Leyden gave up much of its territory to form new towns such as the Towns of Watson (1851) and Lewis (1852). Leyden was also partitioned to form the Towns of Brownville (Jefferson County in 1802) and Boonville (Oneida County in 1805), and part of the Town of Wilna (Jefferson County in 1813). Port Leyden in the town was a port on the former Black River Canal. The city is named after the Dutch city Leiden.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.5 square miles (86.9 km²), of which, 33.3 square miles (86.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

The Black River marks the eastern town line, and the south town line is the border of Oneida County.

New York State Route 12 and New York State Route 12D are principal north-south highways in the town. NY-12 runs closer to the Black River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,792 people, 676 households, and 488 families residing in the town. The population density was 53.8 people per square mile (20.8/km²). There were 807 housing units at an average density of 24.2/sq mi (9.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.05% White, 0.22% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

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