Santa Clara, New York

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Santa Clara is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 395 at the 2000 census. The name was derived from the wife of an early town businessman, John Hurd.

The Town of Santa Clara is in the southwest part of the county and is southwest of the Village of Malone The town is within the Adirondack Park. It includes the 58 ponds of the Saint Regis Canoe Area, presently the only Canoe Wilderness Area in the park, as well as most of 4,700-acre (19 km2) Upper Saranac Lake.

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History

The Town of Santa Clara was formed from part of the Town of Brandon in 1888. An addition from Brandon was added to Santa Clara in 1896.

William Rockefeller began buying property in the town around 1896 in order of establish an estate, used by members of his family during the summer.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 191.7 square miles (496.6 km²), of which, 175.0 square miles (453.3 km²) of it is land and 16.7 square miles (43.2 km²) of it (8.71%) is water.

Santa Clara is the second largest town in the county. The south part of the town is dominated by numerous lakes.

New York State Route 458 is a north-south highway in Santa Clara. New York State Route 30 crosses the south part of the town.

The St. Regis River flows out the west town line.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 395 people, 155 households, and 119 families residing in the town. The population density was 2.3 people per square mile (0.9/km²). There were 953 housing units at an average density of 5.4/sq mi (2.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.20% White, 0.25% African American, 1.77% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.76% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races.

There were 155 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% 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 2.90.

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