Oppenheim, New York

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Oppenheim is a town in Fulton County, New York, United States. The town is at the western border of the county and is east of Utica. The population was 1,774 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town was first settled around 1791 by Palatine Germans from Oppenheim, Germany.

Oppenheim was established in 1808 from the Town of Palatine in Montgomery County before the formation of Fulton County. When Fulton County was formed in 1838, the south part of Oppenheim was used to form the Town of St. Johnsville, which remained in Montgomery County.

The early occupations of townspeople were associated with dairy and cheese-making activities.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 56.5 square miles (146.2 km²), of which, 56.3 square miles (145.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.

The northern part of the town is in the Adirondack Park. The west town line is the border of Herkimer County and the south town line is the border of Montgomery County.

East Canada Creek is A stream defining the west town line.

New York State Route 29 is an east-west highway across Oppenheim. New York State Route 331, a north-south highway, intersects NY-29 at Oppenheim village.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,774 people, 685 households, and 493 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.5 people per square mile (12.2/km²). There were 858 housing units at an average density of 15.2/sq mi (5.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.31% White, 0.73% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

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