Macomb, New York

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Macomb is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 846 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Alexander Macomb, who once owned much of northern New York as Macomb's Purchase.

The Town of Macomb is in the northwest part of the county and is northwest of Gouverneur.



The first settlers of the region arrived after 1810.

The town was formed in 1841 from parts of the Towns of Gouverneur and Morristown. In 1842, a small part of the Town of Hammond was added to Macomb.

Mining was an early industrial activity in Macomb.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.2 square miles (163.6 km²), of which, 61.2 square miles (158.6 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²) of it (3.07%) is water.

The northwestern part of the town borders Black Lake, which defines the northern town line. The southeastern town line is defined by Beaver Creek.

New York State Route 58 is a north-south highway, which intersects New York State Route 184 at Popes Mills.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 846 people, 310 households, and 226 families residing in the town. The population density was 13.8 people per square mile (5.3/km²). There were 864 housing units at an average density of 14.1/sq mi (5.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 1.06% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 310 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 19.0% 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 2.73 and the average family size was 3.13.

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