Henderson, New York

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Henderson is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 1,377 at the 2000 census. The town is named after William Henderson, the original land owner.

The Town of Henderson is in the west part of the county and is southwest of Watertown.



The town had been surveyed and divided into lots by 1801, but settlers did not begin to arrive until 1802. The town was established in 1806 from the Town of Ellisburg.

Henderson was the birthplace of architect Daniel Burnham.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.0 square miles (137.2 km²), of which, 41.3 square miles (107.0 km²) of it is land and 11.6 square miles (30.2 km²) of it (21.99%) is water.

The west boundary of the town is Lake Ontario.

New York State Route 3 is a north-south highway. New York State Route 178 is an east-west highway, which intersects NY-3 near Aspinwall Corners.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,377 people, 577 households, and 406 families residing in the town. The population density was 33.3 people per square mile (12.9/km²). There were 1,557 housing units at an average density of 37.7/sq mi (14.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.69% White, 0.22% Native American, 0.58% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 577 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.3 males.

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