Spafford, New York

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Spafford is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,661 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Horatio Gates Spafford, a writer and founder of the local library.

The Town of Spafford is in the southwest corner of the county and is southwest of Syracuse.



Spafford was within the former Central New York Military Tract.

The first settler arrived in 1794, the same year Onondaga County was established.

The Town of Spafford was formed in 1811 from parts of the Towns of Marcellus, Sempronius, and Tully.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.2 square miles (101.6 km²), of which, 32.8 square miles (85.0 km²) of it is land and 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it (16.31%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Cayuga County, and the south town line is the border of Cortland County. Part of the town lies between Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake, two of the Finger Lakes.

Spafford's high terrain, between two of the Finger Lakes, provides spectacular scenery, as suggested by photographs linked below. Spafford is largely rural, with only small hamlets, and retains many forested areas, some protected as public preserves.

New York State Route 41 is a north-south highway in the town. New York State Route 174 is a state highway in the northern part of Spafford.


Although situated in a remote corner of Onondaga County, somewhat isolated by two of the Finger Lakes, residential development is expanding into the town from adjacent Skaneateles. As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,661 people, 631 households, and 485 families residing in the town. The population density was 50.6 people per square mile (19.5/km²). There were 1,095 housing units at an average density of 33.4/sq mi (12.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.74% White, 0.06% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

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