Westmoreland, New York

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Westmoreland is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 6,207 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Westmoreland is in the west-central part of the county. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) passes across the town. Westmoreland is west of Utica, New York.

The Westmoreland Central School District is the only school system in the town. It is composed of an elementary school (grades K-4), middle school (grades 5-8), and a high school (grades 9-12). This school district houses a fine arts program, along with an athletics program.

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History

The town of Westmoreland was first settled in 1748 by James Dean, a missionary among the members of the Oneida tribe. The Town of Westmoreland was formed in 1792 from the Town of Whitestown. In 1802, part of Westmoreland was used to establish the Towns of Vernon and Verona. More of Westmoreland was lost in 1855 on the formation of the Town of Kirkland to the south.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.2 square miles (111.8 km²), of which, 43.1 square miles (111.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,207 people, 2,234 households, and 1,717 families residing in the town. The population density was 143.9 people per square mile (55.6/km²). There were 2,323 housing units at an average density of 53.9/sq mi (20.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.15% White, 0.69% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 2,234 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.14.

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