Lee, New York

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Lee is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 6,875 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Lee is northwest of Rome, New York.



The Town of Lee was formed from the Town of Western in 1811.

The population of Lee in 1920 was 1,143.

About 1910, the Rome & Osceola Railraod was organized and the rails laid as far as Lee Center, with grading completed along much of the route, intended to carry timber from Tug Hill to a tie plant on the site of the Rite Aid wharehouse on Rt 69 in Rome.

West Lee was home to a large canning factory.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.5 square miles (118.0 km²), of which, 45.2 square miles (117.0 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (0.83%) is water.

Delta Lake, also called Delta Reservoir, in partly in the southeast part of the town, created in 1911 as a feeder for the NY barge canal by flooding the Village of Delta.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,875 people, 2,563 households, and 1,970 families residing in the town. The population density was 152.2 people per square mile (58.8/km²). There were 2,699 housing units at an average density of 59.8/sq mi (23.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.41% White, 0.86% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 2,563 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,074, and the median income for a family was $51,676. Males had a median income of $34,811 versus $25,522 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,588. About 5.8% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

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