Middlesex, New York

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Middlesex is a town in Yates County, New York, USA. The population was 1,345 at the 2000 census. The name comes from a location in England.

The Town of Middlesex is on the northwest corner of the county and is south of Canandaigua, NY.



A legend of the Seneca tribe states that they originated in a village Nundawao, near the south end of Canandaigua Lake.

The first settlers arrived around 1789. The town was formed in 1796 while still part of Ontario County, New York. The town was known as "Augusta" until 1808, when the name was changed to "Middlesex" to avoid confusion with another location named Augusta. When Yates County was formed in 1823, Middlesex became part of the new county.

The Town of Potter was formed from part of Middlesex in 1832, and more of Middlesex was added to Potter in 1856.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.1 square miles (88.2 km²), of which, 30.9 square miles (79.9 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²) of it (9.42%) is water.

The western side of the town is defined by Canandaigua Lake, and both the west and the north town lines are the border of Ontario County. Middlesex is in the Finger Lakes District of New York.

New York State Route 364 intersects New York State Route 245 (a north-south highway) at Middlesex village.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,345 people, 521 households, and 376 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.6 people per square mile (16.8/km²). There were 732 housing units at an average density of 23.7/sq mi (9.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.74% White, 0.37% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

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