Conklin, New York

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Conklin is a town in Broome County, New York, United States. The population was 5,940 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Conklin is on the south border of the county, southeast of Binghamton, New York.

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History

The area was first settled around 1788. The Town of Conklin was established in 1824 from the Town of Chenango by Nicholas Conklin (1782-1858). The town exchanged territories with adjacent towns before establishing its modern boundaries. In 1831, part of Conklin was used to form the Town of Windsor, but Conklin received territory from Windsor in 1851. Another part of Conklin was used in 1859 to form the Town of Kirkwood.

Alpheus Corby, a Conklin resident, built a castle-like structure as his home in 1900. The building is the current community center of the town.

In June 2006, the town was devastated by a massive flood that isolated the center of the town and required hundreds of people to be airlifted to safety. The flood destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.9 square miles (64.6 km²), of which, 24.5 square miles (63.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.68%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania. The eastern town line is marked by the Susquehanna River. Snake Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna, was the site of early town settlement.

New York State Route 7 splits off New York State Route 7A in the southeast corner of the town by Corbettsville.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,940 people, 2,249 households, and 1,671 families residing in the town. The population density was 242.3 people per square mile (93.6/km²). There were 2,435 housing units at an average density of 99.3/sq mi (38.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.71% White, 0.84% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.

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