Willing, New York

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Willing is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 1,371 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Willing is on the southern border of the county, south of the Village of Wellsville.



The town was first settled around 1819. The Town of Willing was formed in 1852 from the Towns of Independence and Scio.

In 1875, the population of Willing was 1,713. In the Fall of 1884, a destructive tornado killed several people and destroyed property.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.0 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (93.9 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

The Genesee River flows northward through the town. The south town line is the border of Pennsylvania (Potter County).

New York State Route 19 is a major north-south highway, and New York State Route 248 is a major east-west highway. New York State Route 248A, Cryder Creek Road, passes through the southeast corner of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,371 people, 538 households, and 411 families residing in the town. The population density was 37.8 people per square mile (14.6/km²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 17.9/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.18% White, 0.07% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 538 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.90.

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