Wilna, New York

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Wilna is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 6,235 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Wilna is in the eastern corner of the county and is east of Watertown.

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History

The town was first settled around 1798 at the location of the future Carthage village.

The Town of Wilna was established in 1813 from part of the Town of Le Ray and part of the Lewis County Town of Leyden. The origin of the name of the town is obscure, although it is alleged to be named after the German spelling of Vilnius, in commemoration of the French occupation of Vilnius, Lithuania in 1812.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 79.6 square miles (206.0 km²), of which, 78.9 square miles (204.4 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (0.79%) is water.

The Black River flows along the south part of the town. The Indian River is in the eastern part of Wilna.

Part of the town has been absorbed into the Fort Drum Military Reservation.

New York State Route 3 and New York State Route 3A are an east-west highways.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,235 people, 2,335 households, and 1,639 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.0 people per square mile (30.5/km²). There were 2,658 housing units at an average density of 33.7/sq mi (13.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.83% White, 2.92% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.

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