Mentz, New York

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Mentz is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 2,446 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Mentz is on the central part of the county, north of Auburn, New York.



The town was formed in 1802 from the Town of Aurelius as the "Town of Jefferson," while still part of Onondaga County. In 1808, it assumed its current name. The first permanent settlers arrived in 1810, although others had attempted to settle the area previously.

In 1837, the community of Port Byron set itself apart from Mentz by incorporating as a village.

The Erie Canal was moved to include the Seneca River in 1856.

In 1859, part of the town was used to form the Towns of Montezuma and Throop.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.2 square miles (44.5 km²), of which, 17.0 square miles (44.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.81%) is water.

The north town line is defined by the Erie Canal (Seneca River). Port Byron and Centerport were ports on the canal until it was moved northward.

The New York State Thruway (interstate 90) crosses the town, following along the original path of the Erie Canal. New York State Route 31 (east-west) crosses New York State Route 38 at Port Byron.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,446 people, 932 households, and 676 families residing in the town. The population density was 143.5 people per square mile (55.4/km²). There were 999 housing units at an average density of 58.6/sq mi (22.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.52% White, 0.94% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.65% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

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