Scio, New York

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Scio is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 1,914 at the 2000 census. The town is in the southern half of the county and north of the Village of Wellsville.



The town was first settled around 1805 by Joseph Knight, a minuteman in the American Revolution, from Oneida County. Knights Creek, which flows into the Genesee River near Scio is named for him. The Town of Scio was created in 1823 from the Town of Angelica. Some of its territory was later lost during the formation of the Towns of Amity (1830), Wellsville (1855), and Willing (1851).

Notable residents

Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, the second recipient of the Medal of Honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was a native of Scio.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91.3 km²), of which, 35.2 square miles (91.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water.

The Genesee River flows northward through the town, and Knight Creek and Vandermark Creek flow into the river by Scio village.

New York State Route 19 is a major north-south highway passing through the town. Scio is located on the mainline of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,914 people, 729 households, and 532 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.3 people per square mile (21.0/km²). There were 894 housing units at an average density of 25.4/sq mi (9.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.39% White, 0.26% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

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