Palermo, New York

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Palermo is a town in Oswego County in the US state of New York. The population was 3,686 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Palermo in Sicily.

The Town of Palermo is centrally located in the county, east of Fulton, New York.



The first permanent settler had arrived around 1803. The Town of Palermo was created in 1832 from the Town of Volney.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.5 km²), of which, 40.6 square miles (105.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.37%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,686 people, 1,306 households, and 1,000 families residing in the town. The population density was 90.8 people per square mile (35.1/km²). There were 1,366 housing units at an average density of 33.6/sq mi (13.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.86% White, 0.38% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 1,306 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,170, and the median income for a family was $46,190. Males had a median income of $30,104 versus $25,150 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,229. About 5.3% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.

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