Van Buren, New York

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Van Buren is a town located in Onondaga County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a population of 12,667. The town is named after future President Martin van Buren, who was then governor of the state.

The Town of Van Buren is located northwest of the City of Syracuse and is in the northwest part of the county. The portion of the town north and east of New York State Route 690 and south of the Seneca River is suburban in character, consisting primarily of single-family tract housing, some low-rise apartment buildings, park land, and some light industry. The balance of the town (south and west of NY 690) is primarily rural.



The town was part of the Central New York Military Tract of 1789 used to pay off soldiers. Most of the soldiers chose to sell their allotments for cash so that the town was briefly in the hands of land speculators until the actual residents purchased lots. Settlement began around 1791.

The Town of Van Buren was formed in 1829 from the Town of Camillus.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.6 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (1.52%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Cayuga County.

Van Buren is south of the Seneca River/Erie Canal. The town is also west of Onondaga Lake. Cross Lake is located at the west town line.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) crosses the south part of the town. Interstate 690 is a major highway intersecting the Thruway in the eastern part of Van Buren. New York State Route 31 is a north-south highway in the middle of Van Buren, and New York State Route 173 is an east-west highway in the south part of the town. New York State Route 48 follows the course of the Seneca River in the eastern part of Van Buren.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,667 people, 5,288 households, and 3,384 families residing in the town. The population density was 356.2 people per square mile (137.5/km²). There were 5,618 housing units at an average density of 158.0/sq mi (61.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.05% White, 0.80% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

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