Springwater, New York

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Springwater is a town in Livingston County, New York, United States. The population was 2,322 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Springwater is in the southeast part of the county.



The first settlers arrived around 1807. The town was established in 1816 from the Towns of Sparta and Naples (Naples is a town in Ontario County, New York).

In 1866, a serious conflict between landowners and squatters, resulted in the wholesale eviction of many people who were not living on their own land.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.3 square miles (138.1 km²), of which, 53.3 square miles (138.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.08%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Steuben County, and the east town line is the border of Ontario County.

A small part of Hemlock Lake, one of the smaller Finger Lakes is in the north part of the town. The Springwater Valley through the center of the town terminates at the lake, and includes many streams that feed into Hemlock Lake, including Springwater Creek and Lime Kiln Creek.

New York State Route 15 and New York State Route 15A join at Springwater village.

From 1854 to 1956 Springwater was served by the New York (Jersey City) to Rochester Main Line of the Erie Railroad. The portion through Springwater was removed in 1956 by order of the United States Interstate Commerce Commission in order to promote highway transportation.

The headwaters of the Conhocton River, which flows southward from the town, are located in the eastern side of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,322 people, 873 households, and 636 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.6 people per square mile (16.8/km²). There were 1,001 housing units at an average density of 18.8/sq mi (7.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.60% White, 0.43% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

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