Burke (town), New York
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Albert Johnson (R)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||44.4 sq mi (114.9 km2)|
|• Land||17.1 sq mi (44.4 km2)|
|Elevation||617 ft (188 m)|
|• Density||33/sq mi (13/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Burke is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 1,456 at the 2010 census. The Town of Burke is a town in the northeastern part of the county. The town is east of the Village of Malone, the county seat.
The town was first settled prior to 1800 by the name of Zachary Tyler Burke. The area was known as "West Chateaugay," and was proposed to be the "Town of Birney," but the name Burke was selected instead. The Town of Burke was formed in 1844 from the Town of Chateaugay.
Almanzo Wilder, often thought to be a native of nearby Malone, actually grew up on a farm in Burke. He was the husband of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who told his story in the novel Farmer Boy. The son of James and Angeline Day Wilder, he was born on his family's farm on February 13, 1857. In 1871 the family left to settle in Minnesota.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.4 square miles (114.9 km²), all land.
U.S. Route 11 is an important east-west highway.
The Little Trout River flows past several communities in the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,359 people, 483 households, and 364 families residing in the town. The population density was 30.6 people per square mile (11.8/km²). There were 542 housing units at an average density of 12.2 per square mile (4.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.20% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 1.03% Native American, 0.37% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.
There were 483 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $34,318, and the median income for a family was $36,477. Males had a median income of $28,295 versus $22,679 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,434. About 12.6% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 21.9% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Burke
- Brayton Hollow – A location near the north town line, north of US-11.
- Burke – The Village of Burke, south of US-11 at the junction of County Roads 23 and 36.
- Burke Center – A hamlet on US-11 and north of Burke village on County Road 34.
- Chateaugay Chasm – A location at the east town line.
- Cooks Mill – A hamlet by the east town line.
- Coveytown Corners – A location west of Sun and north of Burke Center.
- North Burke – A hamlet near the north town line on County Road 29. It is a port of entry between the USA and Canada.
- Sun – A hamlet north of Burke Center.
- Thayer Corners – A hamlet east of Burke Center on US-11 near the east town line.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.