Pamelia, New York

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Pamelia is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 2,897 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Pamelia Williams, the wife of a landowner and developer.

The Town of Pamelia is in the north-central part of the county and is north of Watertown.



The town was first permanently settled around 1804.

The town was formed in 1819 from part of the Town of Brownville. Around 1824, the name was briefly changed to "Leander," but was then changed back to "Pamelia." A small part of the Town of Orleans was added to Pamelia in 1824. A small south part of Pamelia was lost when Watertown incorporated in 1869.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²), of which, 34.0 square miles (88.0 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it (4.07%) is water.

Part of the south town line borders the City of Watertown. The Black River flows westward along the south part of the town.

Interstate 81 is a major highway in the western part of Pamelia. New York State Route 37 is a north-south highway east of Interstate 81. New York State Route 342 is an east-west highway which crosses NY-37 at Pamelia Center. New York State Route 12 crosses the southwest part of the town. US Route 11 crosses the south part of Pamelia.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,897 people, 1,044 households, and 790 families residing in the town. The population density was 85.3 people per square mile (32.9/km²). There were 1,144 housing units at an average density of 33.7/sq mi (13.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.20% White, 1.52% African American, 0.66% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

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