Pulteney, New York

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Pulteney is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 1,405 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the name of the original pioneer tract of land.

The Town of Pulteney is in the northeast part of the county, northeast of Bath, NY.



The first settlers arrived in this part of the Pulteney Tract in approximately 1797. For a time the area was known as "Harmonyville." However, the actual town was formed in 1808 from the Town of Bath. Part of Pulteney was used to form the Town of Prattsburgh (1813) and part of the Town of Urbana (1848).

The "Pulteney Purchase" or "Pulteney Tract" was a section of land in the region of Steuben County purchased from Robert Morris by several English investors including Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet called "The Pulteney Association."


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.4 square miles (94.3 km²), of which, 33.2 square miles (86.1 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²) of it (8.76%) is water.

The town is on the west side of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. The north and east town lines are the border of Yates County.

New York State Route 54A is a north-south highway in the eastern part of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,405 people, 566 households, and 400 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.3 people per square mile (16.3/km²). There were 1,118 housing units at an average density of 33.6/sq mi (13.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.65% White, 0.50% African American, 0.07% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 566 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.90.

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