Preble, New York

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Preble is a town in Cortland County, New York, United States. The population was 1,582 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Commodore Edward Preble, a naval hero.

The Town of Preble is on the north border of Cortland County and is north of the City of Cortland.



Preble is within the former Central New York Military Tract.

The town was first settled around 1796.

The Town of Preble was organized in 1808, the year Cortland County was formed, from the Town of Tully (now in Onondaga County). Preble was one of the original towns of the county, when it was formed. The town was reduced in size by the later formation of the Town of Scott.

In 1865, the town's population was 1,267.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.5 square miles (71.4 km²), of which 27.0 square miles (69.8 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) (2.18%) is water.

Interstate 81, US Route 11, and New York State Route 281 extend north-south through the town. The West Branch of the Tioughnioga River flows southward through the town past the previously mentioned highways.

The north town line is the border of Onondaga County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,582 people, 615 households, and 437 families residing in the town. The population density was 58.7 people per square mile (22.7/km²). There were 703 housing units at an average density of 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.70% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 615 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.99.

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