Burns, New York

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Burns is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 1,248 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Scots poet Robert Burns.

The Town of Burns lies in the northeast corner of Allegany County and northwest of Hornell, New York.



The Town of Burns was first settled around 1805. From the beginning Canaseraga was the major settlement in the town. The town was formed in 1826 from part of the Town of Ossian in Livingston County. Most people think that the town was named Burns because of the fact that Canaseraga had a large fire that burned down much of the town. However, it was actually named after the Scottish romantic poet, Robert Burns.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.2 square miles (70.4 km²), of which, 27.2 square miles (70.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

The north town line is the border of Livingston County, New York, and the east town line is the border of Steuben County, New York.

New York State Route 70 crosses the north part of the town and passes through Canaseraga.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,248 people, 456 households, and 340 families residing in the town. The population density was 45.9 people per square mile (17.7/km²). There were 541 housing units at an average density of 19.9/sq mi (7.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.84% White, 0.02% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.64% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 456 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% 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 3.08.

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