Owasco, New York

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Owasco is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 3,755 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Owasco is in the eastern part of Cayuga County and is at the southeast city line of Auburn, New York. The town borders Owasco Lake, from where it gets its name. Owasco is home for many of the wealthier residents of Cayuga County.



The town was first settled around 1792, by a man named Herman Mesgow. The Town of Owasco was formed in 1802 from the Town of Aurelius.

Notable residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.5 square miles (60.8 km²), of which, 20.9 square miles (54.2 km²) of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²) of it (10.82%) is water.

Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, defines the west town line. The east town line is the border of Onondaga County. Sucker Brook enters Owasco Lake at the north end, and Owasco Outlet marks the town line south of Auburn. Dutch Hollow Brook enters Owasco Lake near Burtis Point.

New York State Route 38A is a north-south highway in the town, running southward along Owasco Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,755 people, 1,425 households, and 1,107 families residing in the town. The population density was 179.4 people per square mile (69.3/km²). There were 1,608 housing units at an average density of 76.8/sq mi (29.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.91% White, 0.11% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 1,425 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.01.

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