Dayton, New York

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Dayton is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 1,945 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Dayton is on the western border of Cattaraugus County.



The first settlers arrived around 1810, believing they were settling in Chautauqua County. The Town of Dayton was founded in 1835, formed from the Town of Perrysburg.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93.3 km²), of which, 35.8 square miles (92.6 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.78%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Chautauqua County, New York (Town of Villenova).

New York State Route 353 and US Route 62 pass through the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,945 people, 749 households, and 524 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.4 people per square mile (21.0/km²). There were 836 housing units at an average density of 23.4/sq mi (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.17% White, 0.41% African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 749 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,607, and the median income for a family was $37,917. Males had a median income of $28,485 versus $24,830 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,355. About 9.1% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

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