Ridgeway, New York

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Ridgeway, New York is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 6,886 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is derived from "Ridge Road," an important highway in the 19th century.

The Town of Ridgeway is on the western border of the county.



The Town of Ridgeway was formed in 1812. In 1818, part of the town was used to create the new Town of Shelby.

Since 2002, Shelby and Ridgeway have been seeking ways to merge town functions to conserve funds. They currently have one town court to serve both towns.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.3 square miles (130.2 km²), of which, 50.0 square miles (129.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.46%) is water.

The town is bordered by Town of Hartland to the west in Niagara County. New York State Route 269 (County Line Road) partly defines this border.

New York State Route 63 (Lyndonville Road) and New York State Route 104 (Ridge Road) intersect in the western part of the town. New York State Route 31E passes through the southeast part of Ridgeway.

The Oak Orchard River flows through the town toward Lake Ontario to the north.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,886 people, 2,627 households, and 1,841 families residing in the town. The population density was 137.6 people per square mile (53.1/km²). There were 2,872 housing units at an average density of 57.4/sq mi (22.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.93% White, 4.40% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

There were 2,627 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.09.

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