Wheeler, New York

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Wheeler is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 1,263 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Captain Silas Wheeler, an early settler.

The Town of Wheeler is in the northern part of the county, north of Bath NY.

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History

The town was organized in 1820 from the Towns of Bath and Prattsburg. Wheeler lost some of its territory to Avoca (1843) and Urbana (1839).

The town was at its peak population in 1850: 1,471.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.1 square miles (119.5 km²), of which, 46.1 square miles (119.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water.

New York State Route 53 is a north-south highway through the town.

From c. 1889-1961 Wheeler was located on a railroad. The Kanona & Prattsburgh Railroad Company, the Kanona & Prattsburgh Railway Company, and the Prattsburgh Railway Corporation during the period operated an 11.44 single-track standard-gauge railroad from a connection with the Erie Railroad at Kanona to Prattsburgh. Intermediate stations included Wheeler, Beans, and Stickneys, though Wheeler was the only one with a full-time agent (until c.1930).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,263 people, 437 households, and 335 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.4 people per square mile (10.6/km²). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 12.7/sq mi (4.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.36% White, 1.27% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 437 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.21.

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