Prattsburgh, New York

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Prattsburgh is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 2,064 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Prattsburgh is in the northeast part of the county, north of Bath, New York.

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History

The town was formed from the Town of Pulteney in 1813. The community of Prattsburgh in the town is named after early settler Joel Pratt, who arrived around 1799 to purchase land. Settlers arrived in 1801.

From c. 1889-1961 Prattsburgh was located on a railroad. The Kanona & Prattsburgh Railroad Company, the Kanona & Prattsburgh Railway Company, and the Prattsburgh Railway Corporation during the period operated an 11.44 single-track standard-gauge railroad from a connection with the Erie Railroad at Kanona to Prattsburgh. Intermediate stations included Wheeler, Beans, and Stickneys.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.7 square miles (134.0 km²), of which, 51.7 square miles (134.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Ontario County and Yates County.

New York State Route 53 is an important north-south highway in the town.

The town is at a higher altitude then most of other parts of the county.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,064 people, 809 households, and 567 families residing in the town. The population density was 39.9 people per square mile (15.4/km²). There were 1,167 housing units at an average density of 22.6/sq mi (8.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.17% White, 1.55% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 809 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

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