Whitestown, New York

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Whitestown is a town in Oneida County, New York, USA. The population was 18,635 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Judge Hugh White, an early settler.

The Town of Whitestown is immediately west of Utica, New York. The New York State Thruway ( Interstate 90 ) passes across the town.

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History

The town, part of the Sadaquada Patent, was first settled in 1784, the first time any permanent settlement was made in the county. The Town of Whitestown was formed in 1788, before the creation of Oneida County, with a size of 12 million acres (49,000 km²).

It is known as the "Mother of Towns" because of the many towns and counties formed from its expanse. The Town of Paris and the Town of Steuben were formed from Whitestown in 1792. The Town of Cazenovia was formed in 1793. The Town of Augusta was formed in 1798. Utica was formed in 1817. The Town of New Hartford was formed from Whitestown in 1827.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.2 square miles (70.4 km²), of which, 27.2 square miles (70.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

The town is west of the City of Utica and the north border is defined by the Mohawk River.

Oriskany Creek flows northward through the town to the Mohawk River.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 18,635 people, 7,544 households, and 5,024 families residing in the town. The population density was 685.2 people per square mile (264.5/km²). There were 7,945 housing units at an average density of 292.1/sq mi (112.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.27% White, 1.18% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

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