Wilmington, New York

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Wilmington is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 1,131 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Wilmington, Delaware.

The Town of Wilmington is on the county's north border and is southwest of Plattsburgh. It is in the Whiteface region of the Adirondack Park.



The town was first settled around 1812.

The town was formed in 1821 from the Town of Jay. At that time the town was called "Dansville." In 1822, the name was changed, as suggested by a settler from Delaware, to "Wilmington" due to confusion with another "Dansville" in New York. In 1848, part of the town was partitioned off to form the Town of St. Armand.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the tourist industry began to develop in the town.

"Santa's Workshop," one of the nation's first theme parks for children, is located near the community of North Pole. Whiteface Mountain (4,870 feet) was the site of alpine events for the 1980 Winter Olympics.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.4 square miles (169.5 km²), of which, 65.2 square miles (168.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.46%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Clinton County. At the northwest corner is the corresponding corner of Franklin County.

The West Branch of the Ausable River flows northward through the center of the town.

New York State Route 431, an east-west highway known as Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway, intersects New York State Route 86, a north-south highway in Wilmington village.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,131 people, 460 households, and 304 families residing in the town. The population density was 17.4 people per square mile (6.7/km²). There were 734 housing units at an average density of 11.3/sq mi (4.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.59% White, 0.09% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

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