Yates, New York

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Yates is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 2,510 at the 2000 census. The town in named after Joseph C. Yates, a governor of New York.

The Town of Yates is in the northwest part of the county. (There is also a Yates County, New York).



The first settler arrived around 1809.

Yates was incorporated in 1822 from part of the Town of Ridgeway and was briefly called "Northton."

In 1903, the Village of Lyndonville set itself apart from Yates by incorporating as a village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.5 square miles (97.0 km²), all of it land.

The northern part of the Town of Yates borders Lake Ontario. The west town line is shared by the Town of Somerset in Niagara County.

East-west highway New York State Route 18 (Roosevelt Highway) and north-south highway New York State Route 63 (Lyndonville Road) cross in the north part of the town north of Yates Center. North-south highway New York State Route 269 (County Line Road) partly defines the west town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,510 people, 917 households, and 669 families residing in the town. The population density was 67.0 people per square mile (25.9/km²). There were 1,268 housing units at an average density of 33.8/sq mi (13.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.13% White, 0.80% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 917 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.19.

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