Rutland, New York

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Rutland is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 2,959 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Rutland is in the eastern part of the town and is east of Watertown. Rutland is south of Fort Drum.



Prehistoric remains are evidence of an original early native population. The first modern settlement took place near Rutland Center around 1799.

The town was formed from part of the Town of Watertown in 1802 before the establishement of Jefferson County. In 1844, an island in the Black River at Felts Mills was annexed from the Town of Le Ray.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.4 square miles (117.6 km²), of which, 45.2 square miles (117.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.44%) is water.

Part of the south town line is the county line of Lewis County.

The Black River defines part of the north town line.

New York State Route 12 and New York State Route 126 are east-west highways through the central part of the town. New York State Route 3 follows the south bank of the Black River.

The community of Black River set itself apart from Rutland (and the Town of Le Ray) by incorporating as a village in 1891.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,959 people, 1,097 households, and 840 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.5 people per square mile (25.3/km²). There were 1,178 housing units at an average density of 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.34% White, 1.49% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

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