Broome County, New York
|Broome County, New York|
Broome County Courthouse
Location in the state of New York
New York's location in the U.S.
|Named for||John Broome|
|• Total||716 sq mi (1,854 km2)|
|• Land||706 sq mi (1,829 km2)|
|• Water||9.7 sq mi (25 km2), 1.4%|
|• Density||284/sq mi (110/km²)|
|Congressional districts||19th, 22nd|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Broome County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 200,600. Its county seat and largest city is Binghamton. The county was named in honor of John Broome, who was lieutenant governor in 1806 when Broome County was established.
Broome County is part of the Binghamton, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area.
When counties were established in the Province of New York in 1683, the present Broome County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.
On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Tryon County, contained the western portion (and thus, since no western boundary was specified, theoretically still extended west to the Pacific). The eastern boundary of Tryon County was approximately five miles west of the present city of Schenectady, and the county included the western part of the Adirondack Mountains and the area west of the West Branch of the Delaware River. The area then designated as Tryon County now includes 37 counties of New York State. The county was named for William Tryon, colonial governor of New York.
In the years prior to 1776, most of the Loyalists in Tryon County fled to Canada. In 1784, following the peace treaty that ended the American Revolutionary War, the name of Tryon County was changed to Montgomery County in honor of the general, Richard Montgomery, who had captured several places in Canada and died attempting to capture the city of Quebec, replacing the name of the hated British governor.
In 1789, Montgomery County was reduced in size by the splitting off of Ontario County. The actual area split off from Montgomery County was much larger than the present county, also including the present Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming, Yates, and part of Schuyler and Wayne Counties.
In 1791, Tioga County split off from Montgomery County, along with Herkimer and Otsego Counties. Tioga County was at this time much larger than the present county and included the present Broome and Chemung Counties and parts of Chenango and Schuyler Counties.
In 1798, Tioga County was reduced in size by the splitting off of Chemung County (which also included part of the present Schuyler County) and by the combination of a portion with a portion of Herkimer County to create Chenango County.
In 1806, the present-day Broome County was split off from Tioga County.
Broome County is located in south-central New York, directly north of the border with Pennsylvania in a section of the state called the Southern Tier. The Chenango River joins the Susquehanna River, which flows through the county.
The western half of the county is hilly but has wide valleys that accommodate Binghamton and its suburbs. In the northern portion Interstate 81 takes advantage of another glacial valley. To the east, however, the terrain becomes much more rugged as the land tilts up to the Catskills.
The highest elevation is a U.S. National Geodetic Survey benchmark known as Slawson atop an unnamed hill in the Town of Sanford. It is approximately 2087 feet (636 m) above sea level. An area due east on the Delaware County line in Oquaga Creek State Park also lies within the same elevation contour line. The lowest point is 864 feet (263 m) above sea level, along the Susquehanna at the Pennsylvania state line.
- Chenango County - north
- Delaware County - east
- Wayne County, Pennsylvania - southeast
- Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania - south
- Tioga County - west
- Cortland County - northwest
- Interstate 81
- Interstate 88 (Senator Warren M. Anderson Expressway / Susquehanna Expressway)
- U.S. Route 11
- New York State Route 17 (Southern Tier Expressway)
- New York State Route 17C
- New York State Route 7
- New York State Route 12
- New York State Route 26
- New York State Route 41
- New York State Route 79
- New York State Route 206
- New York State Route 434
As of the census of 2000, there were 200,536 people, 80,749 households, and 50,225 families residing in the county. The population density was 284 people per square mile (110/km²). There were 88,817 housing units at an average density of 126 per square mile (49/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.33% White, 3.28% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. 1.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of Irish, 13.3% Italian, 12.3% German, 11.6% English, 6.4% American and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000 . 91.4% spoke English, 2.0% Spanish and 1.1% Italian as their first language.
There were 80,749 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.60% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.80% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,347, and the median income for a family was $45,422. Males had a median income of $34,426 versus $24,542 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,168. About 8.80% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.
Government and politics
|Edwin L. Crawford||Republican||1969–1976|
|Donald L. McManus||Democratic||1977–1980|
|Carl S. Young||Republican||1981–1988|
|Timothy M. Grippen||Democratic||1989–1996|
|Jeffrey P. Kraham||Republican||1997–2004|
|Barbara J. Fiala||Democratic||2005–Apr. 15, 2011|
|Patrick J. Brennan||Democratic||Apr. 16, 2011–Dec. 31, 2011|
|Debra A. Preston||Republican||Jan. 1, 2012–|
|1||Stephen J. Flagg||Republican||Colesville|
|2||Scott D. Baker||Republican||Windsor|
|3||Kelly F. Wildoner||Republican||Binghamton|
|4||Kim A. Myers||Democratic||Vestal|
|5||Daniel J. Reynolds||Majority Leader||Republican||Vestal|
|6||Greg W. Baldwin||Republican||Endicott|
|7||Matthew J. Pasquale||Republican||Endicott|
|8||Jason E. Shaw||Republican||Endwell|
|9||Ronald J. Keibel||Republican||Triangle|
|10||Jerry F. Marinich||Chairman||Republican||Chenango|
|11||Ron Heebner||Republican||Johnson City|
|12||Michael P. Sopchak, Jr.||Republican||Johnson City|
|13||Karl E. Bernhardsen||Republican||Binghamton|
|14||Jason T. Garnar||Minority Leader||Democratic||Binghamton|
|15||Mark R. Whalen||Democratic||Binghamton|
The four primary institutes of higher education in Broome County include:
- Binghamton University With a student population of 16,000, it is responsible for a large portion of the population in and around Broome's largest city, Binghamton, New York.
- Broome Community College, also known as BCC. The school serves as a two year associate-granting institution for local residents.
- Davis College, a small, private, Christian college in Johnson City, New York.
- Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute, Ridley-Lowell is a career technical institute that offers career training programs.
- Binghamton (county seat)
- John Allen, noted dentist and inventor of new denture method
- Norman F. Cantor, world historian, author, editor, lecturer
- Daniel S. Dickinson, mid-19th century U.S. Senator, historic "Defender of the Constitution" prior to Civil War
- Mike Dunham, former NHL goaltender and now current New York Islanders goalie coach
- John Ducey, actor
- Exterminator, "Old Bones", thoroughbred race horse, Kentucky Derby winner 1918, horse of the year 1922, in ancestral line of Secretariat and Seattle Slew
- Robert Harpur, colonial teacher, politician, pioneer, for whom Harpur College was named
- Johnny Hart, cartoonist, creator of B.C. and co-creator of The Wizard of Id
- George F. Johnson, industrialist, philanthropist, co-founder of Endicott-Johnson Co.
- Bill T. Jones, modern dancer, dance company founder, choreographer, Tony Award winner: "Spring Awakening"
- Willis Sharpe Kilmer, early 20th-century industrialist and entrepreneur History of the City of Binghamton, Life & Times Part 1, Life & Times Part 2
- Edwin A. Link, inventor, visionary, entrepreneur, industrialist, Link Aviation, Harbor Branch Foundation
- David Ross Locke, journalist and early political commentator during the American Civil War
- Ron Luciano, American League baseball umpire, author
- Billy Martin, New York Yankees second baseman and manager
- Leonard Melfi, poet, screenwriter, author, playwright: Oh! Calcutta!
- Hidy Ochiai, karate and judo grand master, author, actor
- Camille Paglia, philosopher, author, editor, lecturer, intellectual provocateur
- Alice Freeman Palmer (1855-1902), educator born in Colesville, New York
- Paul Reiser, actor, comedian, Aliens, Mad About You
- Amy Sedaris, actress, author, playwright
- David Sedaris, comedian, essayist, playwright
- Rod Serling, screenwriter, playwright, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series The Twilight Zone
- Jack Sharkey, born Joseph Paul Cukoschay, world heavyweight boxing champion, 1931–33
- List of counties in New York
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Broome County, New York
- Broome County, New York
- Broome County at DMOZ
- Summary Early history of Broome County
- BingWiki, the area's local regional wiki
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||Cortland County||Chenango County|
|Tioga County||Delaware County|
|Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania||Wayne County, Pennsylvania|