Danby, New York

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Danby is a town in Tompkins County, New York, USA. The population was 3,007 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Danby is located in the south part of the county and is south of the City of Ithaca.



Danby was first settled around 1797.

Danby was formed in 1811 from the Town of Spencer (now in Tioga County). In 1839, a part of the Town of Caroline was added to Danby, and part of Danby was lost to the Town of Dryden in 1856.

Among Danby's most famous natives was Martin L. Smith, a Confederate general in the American Civil War.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.8 square miles (139.2 km²), of which, 53.6 square miles (138.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Tioga County.

New York State Route 96B (Danby Road) is a north-south highway in the town.

Cayuga Inlet flows northward on the west side of Danby to Cayuga Lake, and Danby Creek flows eastward alongside NY-96B.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,007 people, 1,187 households, and 830 families residing in the town. The population density was 56.1 people per square mile (21.7/km²). There were 1,264 housing units at an average density of 23.6/sq mi (9.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.65% White, 2.69% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.70% of the population.

There were 1,187 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.94.

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