Madrid, New York

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Madrid is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 1,828 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Madrid in Spain.

The Town of Madrid is in the northern part of the county, north of Canton.

Madrid-Waddington Central School serves the town of Madrid, but outside the population center.

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History

Madrid was first settled around 1801.

The Town of Madrid was one of the four original towns created along with the county in 1802. The south part of Madrid was lost to form the Town of Potsdam in 1806. The town gave up territory for the new Town of Waddington in 1859.

During the War of 1812, Madrid, due to its proximity to Canada, developed a town militia, the "South Madrid Militia."

After a more diverse economy, including mining and logging, the primary industry became farming, and the commercial presence is solely to support the residents.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.6 square miles (138.8 km²), of which, 52.9 square miles (137.1 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (1.25%) is water.

The Grasse River flows through the town and through the population center of Madrid. Brandy Brook flows through the northwest part of Madrid.

The population center itself lies approximately halfway between the Towns of Potsdam and Waddington along New York State Route 345. Madrid is home to the Madrid Golf Course, a 9-hole public golf course located on County Route 14 near the heart of the population center. New York State Route 310 is an east-west highway passing south of Madrid village.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,828 people, 638 households, and 458 families residing in the town. The population density was 34.5 people per square mile (13.3/km²). There were 763 housing units at an average density of 14.4/sq mi (5.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.43% White, 1.37% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

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