Cato (town), New York

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For the village located within this town, see Cato (village), New York. For other uses, see Cato (disambiguation).
Cato is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°07′41″N 76°32′10″W / 43.128°N 76.536°W / 43.128; -76.536Coordinates: 43°07′41″N 76°32′10″W / 43.128°N 76.536°W / 43.128; -76.536
Country United States
State New York
County Cayuga
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Supervisor Charles R. Ray (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total 36.2 sq mi (94 km2)
 • Land 33.6 sq mi (87 km2)
 • Water 2.6 sq mi (7 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,537
 • Density 70/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13033
Area code(s) 315

Cato is a town in Cayuga County, New York, USA. The population was 2,537 at the 2010 census.[1] The name was assigned by the surveyors of the Military Tract, and is one of many towns and villages bearing classical place names.

The Town of Cato contains part of a village also named Cato, as well as the entire Village of Meridian. Cato is northwest of Syracuse, New York.


The town was in the Central New York Military Tract, reserved for veterans of the American Revolution.

[2] Settlers trickled in during the early 19th century. After the War of 1812, the population increased more quickly.

The town was formed in 1802 from part of the Town of Aurelius.[3][4] Cato was subsequently reduced in size when new towns were formed: Sterling in 1812, and, in 1821, Conquest, Ira, and Victory. Part of the Town of Ira was returned to Cato in 1824.

Famous residents[edit]

Cato landmark[edit]

The Cato water tower is a landmark in Cato, New York the tower stands 120 Feet over the small village of Cato, in Cayuga County. The landmark is light blue has been a landmark for 75 years or more but as of June 1, 2012 will be torn down. The Town of Cato says “To keep the decades-old water tower, it would need a lot of work including removing the lead paint, a new roof and a new ladder. Those upgrades would cost about $1.1 million.” Village officials says “it makes financial sense to just replace the tower with a new one which will cost $1.28 million. The hundreds of water users in the village will foot the bill, which adds up to about $120 a year for the next 38 years.” "It has to be done, this one maintenance wise is much better," said Village Mayor Carl Lincoln. "A lot of people have been concerned with us taking it down. But with us putting another one in that same area I think we'll be alright." While the work is being done, fire crews will have to pull water from other towns and area ponds if they have to fight a fire because the hydrants won't work. A small stretch of road from Mechanic Street to 370 will also be blocked off for the duration of the project while crews work. Village officials say residents won't see a difference in water in their homes. The new water tower will be dark blue on top and will still say Cato on both sides. It will sit on 82 feet of concrete. It will also be bigger, holding 25,000 extra gallons of water, so the village is ready if there is growth in the future. The water tower will be torn down on June 1. The new tower should be installed by October 1. 2012

Old Cato Water Tower "Summer 2012"


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²), of which, 33.6 square miles (87.1 km²) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.6 km²) of it (7.07%) is water.

The town of Cato is on the eastern side of the county, so that the east town line is the border of Onondaga County. The south town line is defined by the Seneca River/Erie Canal.

New York State Route 34, a north-south highway, intersects New York State Route 370, an east-west highway, in Cato village. The southern terminus of New York State Route 176 is at NY-370, east of Meridian.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,744 people, 994 households, and 747 families residing in the town. The population density was 81.6 people per square mile (31.5/km²). There were 1,293 housing units at an average density of 38.4 per square mile (14.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.74% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

There were 994 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,281, and the median income for a family was $49,028. Males had a median income of $35,150 versus $24,572 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,941. About 6.0% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Cato[edit]

  • Cato – The Village of Cato straddles the north town line at the junction of NY-34 and NY-370. The northern part of the Village of Cato is in the Town of Ira.
  • Cross Lake – A large lake on the eastern town line.
  • Meridian – The Village of Meridian is at the north town line on NY-370.
  • Otter Lake – A lake south of Meridian.
  • Parker Pond – A small lake at the southeast corner of Cato village.
  • Whitford's Airport (FAA LID: B16) – A general aviation airport near the south town line. It is also called "Weedsport Airport."


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ Storke, Elliot (1879). "History of Cato, New York History of Cayuga County, New York". D. Mason & Co. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Some Dates & Laws Related To The Creation Of County, Townships, and Town Boundaries within Cayuga County NY". Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  4. ^ "About the Town of Cato". Town of Cato, NY. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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