Lewis, Lewis County, New York

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Lewis is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 857 at the 2000 census. The town is named after its county, which is named after former governor, Morgan Lewis.

The Town of Lewis is situated on the south border of the county and is north of Rome.

Most of the town's population lives in the south part of the town.



Settlement commenced around 1800. Two families arrived in 1798, but left after about two years. Permanent settlers began appearing in 1799 and an influx of foreigners in 1831 helped populate the early town.

The Town of Lewis was formed in 1852 from the Towns of Leyden and West Turin.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.2 square miles (168.7 km²), of which, 64.7 square miles (167.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (0.69%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Oneida County, New York.

The headwaters of the Mohawk River are located in the town of Lewis.

New York State Route 26 is a major north-south highway through the east part of the town, where it intersects New York State Route 294 at West Leyden. The primary east-west route is County Road 46 (Osceola Road), which passes through the southern part of the town connecting Leisher Mill to West Leyden.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 857 people, 296 households, and 224 families residing in the town. The population density was 13.2 people per square mile (5.1/km²). There were 440 housing units at an average density of 6.8/sq mi (2.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.30% White, 0.35% African American and 0.35% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 296 households out of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.

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