Seward, New York

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Seward is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 1,637 at the 2000 census. The town is named after senator, governor, and secretary of state William H. Seward.

The Town of Seward is in the northwest part of the county and is northeast of Oneonta.



The first settlement occurred around 1754 near Seward village.

During the American Revolution, much of the town was destroyed due to conflict between loyalist and revolutionary factions.

The town was formed in 1840 from part of the Town of Sharon.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.4 km²), of which, 36.4 square miles (94.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.19%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Otsego County.

New York State Route 10 is a north-south highway. New York State Route 165 is and east-west highway with its eastern terminus at NY-10 at Janesville. New York State Route 145 is a north-south highway in the northeast part of Seward.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,637 people, 588 households, and 449 families residing in the town. The population density was (25.0/sq mi). There were 683 housing units at an average density of 18.8/sq mi (7.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.50% White, 0.31% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.

There were 588 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.16.

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