Milo, New York

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Milo is a town in Yates County, New York, USA. The population was 7,026 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Milo is on the east border of the county and borders Penn Yan, New York.



The region was within the realm of the Seneca tribe before Europeans entered the area.

Settlement began around 1788 by members of the Universal Friends, a religious sect. In 1818, the town was founded from part of the Town of Benton, while still part of Ontario County. By 1820, the population was about 1,612. When Yates county was formed in 1823, Milo became part of the new county.

In 1833, the Village of Penn Yan was incorporated, setting itself apart from the town.

The Crooked Lake Canal ran partly across the northern part of Milo when it opened in 1833. Around 1877, the canal ceased to function and its lands were taken over by railroads.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.3 square miles (114.7 km²), of which, 38.4 square miles (99.4 km²) of it is land and 5.9 square miles (15.3 km²) of it (13.37%) is water.

Milo lies between Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake, which define respectively the west and east town lines and are two of the Finger Lakes. The Keuka Lake Outlet flows between the lakes in the north part of the town and helped determine the course of the Crooked Lake Canal.

New York State Route 14, New York State Route 14A, and New York State Route 54 are north-south highways in the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,026 people, 2,824 households, and 1,790 families residing in the town. The population density was 183.1 people per square mile (70.7/km²). There were 3,422 housing units at an average density of 89.2/sq mi (34.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.37% White, 0.63% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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