Alexandria, New York

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Alexandria is a town in Jefferson County, United States. New York, USA. The population was 4,097 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Alexander LeRay, the son of an early developer.

The Town of Alexandria is located in the northern part of the county and is north of Watertown.



The first settlement occurred at Alexandria Center around 1811.

The Battle of Cranberry Creek, during the War of 1812, was a minor engagement in which local forces defeated a much large group of British soldiers and sailors, who attempted to regain supplies and provisions taken earlier by the Americans.

The town was established in 1821 from the Town of Brownville and the Town of Le Ray.

Modern Alexandria has become a well-known vacation area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 84.5 square miles (218.9 km²), of which, 73.0 square miles (189.0 km²) of it is land and 11.6 square miles (29.9 km²) of it (13.67%) is water.

The St. Lawrence River marks the northern edge of the town. The north town line is the international border with Canada *Ontario). The east town line is the county line of St. Lawrence County, New York.

Many of the Thousand Islands are in the town.

Interstate 81 passes through the southwest corner of the town. New York State Route 12 follows the course of the St. Lawrence River. NY-12 intersects New York State Route 26 at Alexandria Bay and runs in a southwest direction.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,097 people, 1,653 households, and 1,128 families residing in the town. The population density was 56.1 people per square mile (21.7/km²). There were 3,247 housing units at an average density of 44.5/sq mi (17.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.54% White, 0.29% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

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