Butler, New York
|Butler, New York|
|• Total||37.2 sq mi (96.2 km2)|
|• Land||37.1 sq mi (96.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||397 ft (121 m)|
|• Density||61.4/sq mi (23.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0978769|
Settlement began in 1803. The Town of Butler was formed from the Town of Wolcott in 1826.
Residents of note
- Antoinette Blackwell, first woman to be ordained as a minister in the United States
- Samuel Ringgold Ward, African-American pastor and abolitionist ordained a decade before Antoinette Blackwell
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.2 square miles (96 km2), of which, 37.1 square miles (96 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.16%) is water.
The east town line is the border of Cayuga County, New York.
New York State Route 89 is an important north-south highway in the town, intersecting New York State Route 104 in the northwest of the town. The west end of New York State Route 370 is in the northeast part of Butler.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,277 people, 743 households, and 540 families residing in the town. The population density was 61.4 people per square mile (23.7/km²). There were 782 housing units at an average density of 21.1 per square mile (8.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.46% White, 7.55% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.71% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.48% of the population.
There were 743 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 128.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,462, and the median income for a family was $41,587. Males had a median income of $32,617 versus $21,723 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,285. About 6.6% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Butler
- Butler Center — A hamlet near the town center. The Methodist Episcopal Church of Butler was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
- Millpond — A small lake east of Butler Center.
- South Butler (formerly "Harringtons Corner") — A hamlet near the south town line on NY-89. The village is the site in 1853 of the first ordination of a woman minister in the United States, Antoinette Brown.
- West Butler — A hamlet near the west town line on Route 259. It was sometimes called "Cider Hill."
- Westbury — A hamlet on the town line in the northeast corner of the town on County Road 267.
- Wolcott Creek — An important stream in the town. `
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.