Seneca, New York

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Seneca is a town in Ontario County, New York, United States. United States. The population was 2,731 at the 2000 census. The town is named after a group of local natives.

The Town of Seneca is on the south border of the county and is southwest of the City of Geneva.

The Town of West Seneca in Erie County added "west" to its name to avoid confusion with the Town of Seneca.



The region was the locale of the Seneca tribe, a member of the Iroquois, and the sites of many important villages are in the town or the surrounding area.

The area was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. Settlement commenced around 1790, the year after the county was formed. A "District of Seneca" was created judicially in 1789 at the time the county was established, but its extent and subdivisions are not clearly known. The town was finally organized in 1793.

In 1872, the northeast part of the town was used to form the Town of Geneva, taking with it most of the historic Seneca communities and sites.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.4 square miles (130.6 km²), all of it land.

The south town line is the border of Yates County, New York. The town is located in the Finger Lakes region and is northwest of Seneca Lake.

Conjoined U.S. Highway 20 and New York State Route 5 pass across the town. New York State Route 14A is a north-south highway in the town. New York State Route 245 is an east-west highway in the town. NY-14A and NY245 are briefly conjoined near the east town line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,731 people, 967 households, and 781 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.1 people per square mile (20.9/km²). There were 1,032 housing units at an average density of 20.5/sq mi (7.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.84% White, 0.48% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population.

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