Worth, New York

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Worth is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 234 at the 2000 census. The town is named after William Worth, a commander of troops during the Battle of Sackett's Harbor.

The Town of Worth is located in the southeast corner of the county and is south of Watertown.



The town was first settled around 1802. Difficulties in successful settlement and the War of 1812 led to a partial abandonment of the town.

The town was created by separation from the Town of Lorraine in 1847. An earlier attempt to form this town was disrupted by the War of 1812.

Worth attained its greatest population in 1880 at 951.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.3 square miles (112.2 km²), of which, 43.2 square miles (111.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Oswego County, New York, and the east (and part of the north) town line is the border of Lewis County, New York.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 234 people, 96 households, and 67 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.4 people per square mile (2.1/km²). There were 259 housing units at an average density of 6.0/sq mi (2.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.59% White, 3.42% African American, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 96 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 116.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 127.8 males.

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