Maryland, New York

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Maryland is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 1,920 at the 2000 census. It was named for the U.S. state of the same name.

The Town of Maryland is on the county's south border. It is northeast of the City of Oneonta.

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History

The town was first settled around 1790 in the southwest part of the town.

Maryland was erected from the Town of Worcester in 1808.

About 1909 until 1912 an extensive lumber operation by Emmons L. Peck of Carbondale, PA utilizing a steam tramway straddled the county line on South Hill east of a vly known as Mud Lake, shipping finished lumber from Burnsides Switch on the D&HRR. Peck's personal cabin was later dismantled and rebuilt in the hamlet of Maryland next to the present post office.

During WW1 Porter Brothers contracted to build the third rail for the D&HRR "bridge line" through Maryland and Worcester to allow larger eastbound freight trains without extra locomotives to clear Richmondville Hill by an alternate route, much of which was later obliterated by I-88 construction.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.9 square miles (134.3 km²), of which, 51.8 square miles (134.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

Interstate 88 and New York State Route 7 follows the east to west course of the Schenevus Creek. South Hill, an upland area, is partly in the southeast quadrant of the town.

The south town line is the border of Delaware County.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,920 people, 773 households, and 531 families residing in the town. The population density was 37.1 people per square mile (14.3/km²). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 20.0/sq mi (7.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.80% White, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 773 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.93.

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