Marion, New York

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Marion is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 4,974 as of the 2000 census. It is named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. It is an interior town near the center of the county, about 20 miles east of Rochester, New York and 50 miles west of Syracuse, New York.

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History

Marion was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. The area was first settled around 1795.

The Town of Marion was created from the Town of Williamson on April 18, 1825 as the "Town of Winchester."[1] It was re-named in 1826 for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.3 square miles (75.8 km²), of which, 29.2 square miles (75.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.24%) is water. Marion is located in the 315 area code.

New York State Route 21 is a primary north-south highway in the town.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,974 people, 1,759 households, and 1,356 families residing in the town. The population density was 170.3 people per square mile (65.8/km²). There were 1,827 housing units at an average density of 62.6/sq mi (24.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.09% White, 0.68% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

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