Montezuma, New York

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Montezuma is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,431 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Montezuma is at the west border of Cayuga County and is northwest of Auburn, New York.



Native villages were the target of the Sullivan Expedition during the American Revolution. The town was part of a reservation set aside for the members of the Cayuga tribe when the Central New York Military Tract was established. Outside settlers arrived around 1798.

Salt production was an important early industry. The Erie Canal passed through the town, but became part of the Seneca River during its re-construction.

The Town of Montezuma was established from the Town of Mentz in 1859.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.5 km²), of which, 18.3 square miles (47.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (2.19%) is water.

Most of the west town line, partly marked by the Seneca River and the Cayuga and Seneca Canal is the border of Seneca County. The northwest town line is the border of Wayne County, also marked by the Seneca River along with the Erie Canal.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) crosses the town. Conjoined US 20 and New York State Route 5 pass through the southwest corner of the town. New York State Route 90 is a north-south highway that intersects east-west New York State Route 31 north of Montezuma village.

The eastern part of the Montezuma Swamp is in the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,431 people, 498 households, and 384 families residing in the town. The population density was 78.2 people per square mile (30.2/km²). There were 547 housing units at an average density of 29.9/sq mi (11.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.39% White, 0.07% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.21% Asian, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

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