Erwin, New York

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Erwin is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 7,227 at the 2000 census. The name is that of an early settler, who became the first Town Supervisor.

The Town of Erwin is in the southeast part of the county and is west of the City of Corning.



The first permanent settlement came around 1786. Erwin was formed from a previous "Town of Painted Post" (now Town of Corning) in 1826. Erwin was reduced to form the Town of Lindley (1837), but was increased by a part of the Town of Corning in 1856.

The "painted post" was a wooden post discovered in the south part of Steuben County. Its purpose and origin remain controversial.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.2 square miles (101.4 km²), of which, 38.7 square miles (100.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.

U.S. Route 15, New York State Route 414, New York State Route 417 and Interstate 86 (Southern Tier Expressway) pass through the town.

The Tioga River merges with the Cohocton River near Painted Post to form the Chemung River which flows to the east. The Canisteo River flows into the Tioga River near Erwins village.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,227 people, 2,977 households, and 1,949 families residing in the town. The population density was 186.8 people per square mile (72.1/km²). There were 3,196 housing units at an average density of 82.6/sq mi (31.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.13% White, 2.24% African American, 0.18% Native American, 4.59% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

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