Norway, New York

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Norway is a town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 711 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Norway is located in the east-central part of the county and is northeast of Utica.

The town borders the Adirondack Park.

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History

The town was permanently settled around 1787 after an abandoned effort in 1786.

Norway was formed in 1792 immediately after the creation of Herkimer County. Norway was originally a very large town, and it was subsequently broken up, directly or indirectly, into about thirty-six new towns in several counties. In Herkimer County, the Towns of Fairfield (1796), Russia (1806), Ohio (1823), Wilmurt (now defunct), and Webb (1836) were made by dividing Norway. Part of Newport was taken from Norway in 1806. The creation of Oneida County, Lewis County, Clinton County, Hamilton County, and St. Lawrence County from Herkimer County accounts for the remaining towns derived from Norway.

In 1825, the town's population was 1,168.

Because of poor soil conditions, early farmers eventually turned to raising dairy herds. By 1887, there were six cheese factories in Norway.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.9 square miles (92.9 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.72%) is water.

New York State Route 8 crosses the northwest part of Norway.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 711 people, 247 households, and 185 families residing in the town. The population density was 20.0 people per square mile (7.7/km²). There were 311 housing units at an average density of 8.7/sq mi (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.02% White, 0.14% Asian, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

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