Dansville, Steuben County, New York

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Dansville is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 1,977 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Daniel Faulkner.

The Town of Dansville is in the northwest corner of the county, north of Hornell, New York.



The town was formed, along with the county, in 1796 as one of the original towns in the county, but was not settled until around 1804. Daniel P. Faulkner, a prominent citizen, was popularly called "Captain Dan."

The Town of Dansville was used to form, in whole or part, the Towns of Cohocton, Howard (both in 1812), Wayland (1848), and Fremont (1854). In 1822, part of the town, including the Village of Dansville was annexed to the Town of Sparta in Livingston County.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.1 square miles (124.5 km²), of which, 48.0 square miles (124.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.15%) is water.

The Village of Dansville is located north of this town, but is in Livingston County. Livingston County also forms the north and part of the west border of Dansville. Allegany County forms the remainder of the west town line.

New York State Route 36 is an important north-south highway in Dansville. Interstate 390 passes through the northeast corner of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,977 people, 735 households, and 554 families residing in the town. The population density was 41.2 people per square mile (15.9/km²). There were 833 housing units at an average density of 17.4/sq mi (6.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.71% White, 0.76% African American, 0.86% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

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