Newfield, New York

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Newfield is a town in Tompkins County, New York, United States. The population was 5,108 at the 2000 census. The town's name is derived from the many unoccupied tracts of land that were once in the town.

The Town of Newfield is in the southwest part of the county and is southwest of Ithaca, New York.



Newfield was formed, before Tompkins County was created, from the Town of Spencer (in Tioga County) in 1811 as the "Town of Cayuta." In 1822, the town assumed its current name.

During the Depression many abandoned farms were turned into conservation lands. Newfield contains one of New York State's few remaining covered bridges.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.0 square miles (152.7 km²), of which, 58.9 square miles (152.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.15%) is water.

The south and west town lines are the border of Schuyler County.

New York State Route 13 is a northeast to southwest highway in Newfield. Conjoined New York State Route 34 and New York State Route 96 form a north-south highway in the eastern part of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,108 people, 2,052 households, and 1,352 families residing in the town. The population density was 86.8 people per square mile (33.5/km²). There were 2,203 housing units at an average density of 37.4/sq mi (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.06% White, 1.08% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 2,052 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.

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