Lysander, New York

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Lysander is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 19,285 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Lysander, a Spartan military leader, by a clerk interested in the classics.

The Town of Lysander is in the northwest corner of the county and is northwest of Syracuse. Much of the town is a suburb of Syracuse.

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History

The town was part of the former Central New York Military Tract. It was first settled by outsiders around 1797.

The Town of Lysander was formed in 1794 from the northern townships of the Military Tract. Lysander was later reduced by the creation of the Towns of Hannibal (1806) and Cicero (1807). Lysander was reduced again on the formation of Oswego County in 1816.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.6 square miles (167.4 km²), of which, 61.9 square miles (160.4 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (4.18%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Oswego County and the west town line is the border of Cayuga County. The south town line is defined by the Erie Canal-Seneca River complex. Cross Lake is located on the west border of Lysander. The Oswego River marks part of the east town line. The Oswego, Seneca, and Oneida Rivers join at the east town line.

New York State Route 370, West Genesee Road, is an east-west highway in the south part of Lysander. New York State Route 48 is a highway in the center of the town. New York State Route 31 intersects NY-370 in the southeast part of Lysander. New York State Route 690 is a major highway leading out of the south part of Lysander.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,285 people, 7,139 households, and 5,404 families residing in the town. The population density was 311.5 people per square mile (120.3/km²). There were 7,448 housing units at an average density of 120.3/sq mi (46.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.89% White, 0.73% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

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