De Kalb, New York

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De Kalb is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, USA. The population was 2,213 at the 2000 census. The town is named after American general Baron de Kalb, a German officer serving under George Washington.

The Town of De Kalb is in the southwest part of the county and is southwest of the Village of Canton.



Settlement began in June 1803 when the first settlement party arrived, led by Judge William Cooper of Cooperstown, NY.

The town was organized in 1806. De Kalb was one of the original ten towns of the county. In 1825, the part of De Kalb North West of Beaver Creek was taken to be part of the Town of De Peyster. In 1830, the Southeastern corner of De Kalb was made part of the Town of Hermon.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 83.2 square miles (215.5 km²), of which, 82.5 square miles (213.8 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (0.82%) is water.

The Oswegatchie River flows through the western part of the town. Beaver Creek defines the northwest town line.

US Route 11 is a northeast-southwest highway in the south part of the town. New York State Route 812 intersects US-11 south of De Kalb village.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,213 people, 792 households, and 582 families residing in the town. The population density was 26.8 people per square mile (10.4/km²). There were 889 housing units at an average density of 10.8/sq mi (4.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.19% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

There were 792 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.23.

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