Collins, New York

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Collins is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. The town is on the south border of the county and is considered to be one of the "Southtowns" of Erie County. The population indicated by the 2000 census was 8,307. The population for 2007 is estimated at 7,092, a loss of 1,215 citizens.



The area was first settled around 1808. Many of the first settlers were Quakers, who intended to assist the local Native Americans. The Town of Collins was formed March 6, 1821 from the Town of Concord. The town lost land to create the new Towns of Brant in 1839 and North Collins in 1852. Because of the concentration of dairy farms, there were once ten cheese factories in the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.2 square miles (124.8 km²), of which, 48.1 square miles (124.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.08%) is water.

The south town line of Collins, marked by Cattaraugus Creek, is the county line of Cattaraugus County.

US Route 62 runs north-south through the town, and New York State Route 39 runs east-west and intersects with north-south New York State Route 75.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,307 people, 1,754 households, and 1,187 families residing in the town. The population density was 172.6 people per square mile (66.7/km²). There were 1,884 housing units at an average density of 39.2/sq mi (15.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 66.85% White, 22.62% African American, 3.47% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 6.16% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.94% of the population.

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