Centerville, New York

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Centerville is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 762 at the 2000 census. The town is named after its principal settlement.

The Town of Centerville is in the northwest corner of the Allegany County.



Centerville was first settled in April 1808 by Joseph Maxson. Minard describes this first settler in his History of Centerville:

"He was only 18, and came from Otsego Co. Two cents and a few articles of provisions and clothing constituted his wealth. At Pike be took from his feet a pair of new shoes, bartered them for an axe, and pushed on into the wilderness, and in the center of the township near a small stream erected the rudest kind of a hut. For a bed he peeled basswood bark, used some pieces as a floor and others for covering. Not long after he came snow fell six inches deep. He persevered in his labors and passed eight months alone."²

James Ward settled there in the fall of 1808, and a half dozen more families moved there in the following year. Centerville (then spelled "Centreville") was established on January 15, 1819 from part of the Town of Pike (a town in Wyoming County, New York).1

In recent years many Amish farmers have bought up land in the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²), of which, 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

The west town line is the border of Cattaraugus County, and the north town line is the border of Wyoming County.

Sixtown Creek is an important stream in the town.

New York State Route 243 passes through the community of Fairview.

Adjacent towns and areas

Centerville is west of the Town of Hume and north of the Town of Rushford. The west town line is shared with the Town of Freedom in Cattaraugus County, and the north town line is shared with the Town of Eagle in Wyoming County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 762 people, 253 households, and 195 families residing in the town. The population density was 21.5 people per square mile (8.3/km²). There were 402 housing units at an average density of 11.4/sq mi (4.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.80% White, 0.13% African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 2.10% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.49% of the population.

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