DeWitt, New York

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DeWitt is a town in Onondaga County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 24,071. The town is named after Major Moses DeWitt, a judge and soldier. The Town of DeWitt is located east of the City of Syracuse and borders the city on its east side. The town is a suburb of Syracuse. The town is also the site of most of the campus and all of the academic buildings of Le Moyne College.

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History

DeWitt was part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived around 1789.

The Erie Canal progressed through the town in 1825. DeWitt was formed in 1835 from the Town of Manlius.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.9 square miles (87.8 km²), of which, 33.8 square miles (87.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.15%) is water.

Highways

Interstate 481 is the major highway in DeWitt crossing the center of the town, turning northward along the east side of DeWitt. I-481 intersects Interstate 690 in the eastern part of the town and Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) in the northern part of the town.

New York State Route 92 conjoined with New York State Route 5 intersects I-481 in the east part of DeWitt. New York State Route 91 has its northern terminus at New York State Route 173, which crosses the southern part of the town, at Jamesville. New York State Route 298 crosses the north part of the town while New York State Route 290 crosses the middle portion of the town. Other state routes of note include New York State Route 598 in the extreme northwest portion of town and New York State Route 635 which straddles the western town boundary with the city of Syracuse.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 24,071 people, 10,068 households, and 6,503 families residing in the town. The population density was 711.0 people per square mile (274.6/km²). There were 10,694 housing units at an average density of 315.9/sq mi (122.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.70% White, 4.89% African American, 2.98% Asian, 0.56% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

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