Piercefield, New York

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Piercefield is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 305 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Piercefield is in the southeast corner of the county and is southeast of Canton.



The town was established in 1801 before the creation of St. Lawrence County. The 1933 closing of the International Paper factory led to an economic downturn in the town.

Residents of the area included Abbot Augustus Low who resided in an area known as Horseshoe.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 111.1 square miles (287.7 km²), of which, 104.3 square miles (270.1 km²) of it is land and 6.8 square miles (17.6 km²) of it (6.12%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Franklin County and the south town line is the border of Hamilton County.

The town is within the Adirondack Park.

The Raquette River flows through the town, and the southwest part of Tupper Lake is inside the town.

New York State Route 3 is a highway connecting the north and south parts of th town. New York State Route 421 is a short highway in the southeast part of Piercefield.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 305 people, 136 households, and 88 families residing in the town. The population density was 2.9 people per square mile (1.1/km²). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 4.0/sq mi (1.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.70% White, 0.33% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 136 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.78.

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