Middlefield, New York

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Middlefield is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 2,249 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Middlefield is in the northeast part of the county. It is the largest by area in the county.



A location north of Middlefield village, known as "Nis-ka-yu-na," was a meeting location for natives.

During the 18th Century, three patents spanned the town: Godfrey Miller Patent, John Bowers Patent, and the Long Patent. Irish and Scots settlers moved into this area around 1755. The first settlements were made near Middlefield village.

Middlefield was formed from the Town of Cherry Valley in 1797.

The Phoenix cotton mill was started in 1815, but became a wool mill in 1866. Brewery Ommegang, which specializes in Belgian-style ales, opened in the Town of Middlefield in 1997.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.9 square miles (170.8 km²), of which, 64.4 square miles (166.8 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (2.32%) is water.

New York State Route 166 follows the course of Cherry Valley Creek through the south part of the town. Cherry Valley Creek and Red Creek, which drain the town, are tributaries of the Susquehanna River.

The western part of Middlefield borders Otsego Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,249 people, 792 households, and 564 families residing in the town. The population density was 34.9 people per square mile (13.5/km²). There were 1,058 housing units at an average density of 16.4/sq mi (6.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.31% White, 1.11% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 792 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

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