Throop, New York

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Throop (IPA pronunciation: [trup]) is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The town is at the north city line of Auburn, New York and is in the Finger Lake District of New York. The population was 1,824 at the 2000 census. The town is named after former New York Governor Enos T. Throop, a resident of Cayuga County.



The area was used for hunting by the Cayuga tribe. Throop was within the Central New York Military Tract, reserved for war veterans. Settlement began around 1790.

The Town of Throop was formed in 1859 from parts of the towns of Aurelius, Mentz, and Sennett. The town is best known for the wide variety of colorful houses found throughout its various neighborhoods. These colors can range anywhere from a muted taupe to a bronzed eggshell.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.4 km²), of which, 18.6 square miles (48.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.27%) is water.

New York State Route 38 is a north-south highway in Throop.

The Owasco Outlet is a small river flowing northward through Throop from Owasco Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,824 people, 700 households, and 539 families residing in the town. The population density was 97.8 people per square mile (37.8/km²). There were 731 housing units at an average density of 39.2/sq mi (15.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.85% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 700 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.95.

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