Brasher, New York

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Brasher is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, USA. The population was 2,337 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Philip Brasher, an original landowner.

The Town of Brasher is in the northeast corner of the county and is southeast of the Village of Massena.



Settlement began after 1815. The town was organized in 1825 from the Town of Massena. In 1827, a small part of the Town of Stockholm was added to Brasher.

The iron industry was important in the early history of the town, first mining and smelting, but later the production of stoves and other goods.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 92.1 square miles (238.5 km²), of which, 91.2 square miles (236.2 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (0.97%) is water.

The St. Regis River, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River flows in the western part of the town.

New York State Route 37C is an east-west highway in the northern part of Brasher. New York State Route 11C passes through the southwest corner of the town.

The east town line is the border of Franklin County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,337 people, 940 households, and 642 families residing in the town. The population density was 25.6 people per square mile (9.9/km²). There were 1,077 housing units at an average density of 11.8/sq mi (4.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.66% White, 0.21% African American, 2.01% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.

There were 940 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.93.

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