Pomfret, New York

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Pomfret is a town in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 14,703 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Pomfret lies in the north-central part of the county, south of Dunkirk, New York.



The town was first settled around 1806. The Town of Pomfret was formed in 1808 from the Town of Chautauqua, being the first partition of Chautauqua after the county was formed. Pomfret later lost substantial parts of its territory during the formation of five new towns of the county.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.2 square miles (114.4 km²), of which, 43.9 square miles (113.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.63%) is water.

The northwestern part of the town borders Lake Erie.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) and US 20 pass through the town. NY 60 is a major north-south highway, and NY 5 runs along the shore of Lake Erie.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 14,703 people, 5,105 households, and 2,971 families residing in the town. The population density was 335.0 people per square mile (129.3/km²). There were 5,558 housing units at an average density of 126.6/sq mi (48.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.28% White, 2.07% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 5,105 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

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