Scott, New York

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Scott is a town in Cortland County, New York, United States. The population was 1,193 at the 2000 census. The town was named after General Winfield Scott. The Town of Scott is on the north border of Cortland County and is northwest of the City of Cortland.



Scott is within the former Central New York Military Tract. The first settler arrived around 1799.

The town was formed in 1815 from the Town of Preble.

The 1865 population of the town was 1,149.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.4 square miles (58.0 km²), of which, 22.3 square miles (57.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.67% water.

The west town line is the border of Cayuga County, and the north town line is the border of Onondaga County. New York State Route 41 is a north-south highway in Scott. The south end of Skaneateles Lake, one of the Finger Lakes is in the northwest part of the town. Grout Brook, a noted trout-fishing stream, flows into the lake from the town. Here the hamlet of Fair Haven in the Town of Scott, together with adjoining Glen Haven in the Town of Niles, New York and Spafford Landing, in the Town of Spafford, New York, comprise a magnificently scenic destination for visitors as well as attractive community for residents. Lodging and dining facilities are available, together with docking and a marina (below).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,193 people, 417 households, and 321 families residing in the town. The population density was 53.6 people per square mile (20.7/km²). There were 478 housing units at an average density of 21.5/sq mi (8.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.32% White, 0.08% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.34% Asian, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

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