Chili, New York

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Coordinates: 43°06′14″N 77°45′10″W / 43.10389°N 77.75278°W / 43.10389; -77.75278
Chili
Town
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Elevation 556 ft (169.5 m)
Coordinates 43°06′14″N 77°45′10″W / 43.10389°N 77.75278°W / 43.10389; -77.75278
Area 39.9 sq mi (103.3 km2)
 - land 39.8 sq mi (103 km2)
 - water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.5%
Population 28,625 (2010)
Density 724 / sq mi (279.5379628 / km2)
Established 1822
Town Supervisor David Dunning (R) First Elected 2007
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14624
14514 (North Chili)
Area code 585
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Website: http://www.townofchili.org/

Chili (/ˈl/ CHY-ly) is a town in Monroe County, New York, USA. The population was 28,625 at the 2010 census. It is a suburb of the city of Rochester.

The Town of Chili was established in 1822 from part of the Town of Riga.

North Chili was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

History[edit]

The Chili area was once the hunting ground of the Seneca Indians. The first white settler was Captain Joseph Morgan who purchased land from Peter Sheffer of neighboring Wheatland.

The area of Chili became part of the newly formed Northampton. With the formation of Monroe County the area became part of the Town of Riga before splitting off into its own Town of Chili on February 22, 1822.

There are two theories about the origin of the name "Chili". One theory is that it was named after the country of Chile which was striving for independence at the time. Some suggest that the town was named after the Chiliasts[1] religion embraced by some of the early settlers of South Chili.

The local government includes Town Supervisor David Dunning (R) First Elected 2007; and Town Council Tracy A. DiFlorio (R); Virginia L. Ignatowski (R); Michael S. Slattery (R); and Mary C. Sperr (R). The appointed Deputy Town Supervisor is Jordon Brown, employed by Lifetime Assistance Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.9 square miles (103 km2), of which, 39.8 square miles (103 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.48%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 27,638 people, 10,159 households, and 7,558 families residing in the town. The population density was 695.4 people per square mile (268.5/km²). There were 10,466 housing units at an average density of 263.3 per square mile (101.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.14% White, 5.71% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.

There were 10,159 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 20.2% 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 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,097, and the median income for a family was $61,481. Males had a median income of $45,156 versus $29,903 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,887. About 2.0% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Chili town hall

The town is governed by a town board consisting of a supervisor and four board members, all elected by registered town voters.

Supervisors
Name Tenure Name Tenure
Joseph Sibley 1822-1823 Thomas B. Steckel 1952-1959
Joshua Howell 1824-1825 George K. Lusk 1960-1965
Alfred Scofield 1826-1828 Samuel S. Kent 1966-1971
Isaac Lacey 1829
1840
James J. Powers 1972-1985
Benjamin Bowen 1830 Lorraine Anderson 1986-1987
William Pixley 1831-1832
1836-1837
1852-1853
John Hannah 1988-1989
George Brown 1833-1834 Donald Ramsey 1990-1991
Moses Sperry 1835
1838-1839
1844
1854
Jerome P. Brixner 1992-1993
John T. Lacey 1841
1843
1845-1846
William C. Kelly 1994-1999
Isaac Burritt 1842 Stephen W. Hendershott 2000-2003
William P. Hill 1847-1848
1861-1864
1867
1878 (part year)
1880-1881
Tracy L. Logel 2004-2007
Franklin Cate 1849-1851 David J. Dunning 2008–present
David Starkey 1855-1858
Edward J. Reed 1859-1860
A. S. Litle 1865
Albert H. King 1866
1871
William Voke 1868-1870
Frederick Fellows 1872-1877
William Fellows 1878 (part year)
Edwin A. Loder 1879
Benjamin Fellows 1882-1884
Byron D. Beal 1885-1886
Lewis B. Carpenter 1887-1890
1896-1898
Myron Sperry 1891
John B. Johnston 1892-1895
Arthur A. Sickles 1899-1901
Cornelius A. Nichols 1902-1907
Charles G. Voke 1908-1915
Warren R. Henderson 1916-1929
W. H. Wickins 1930-1935
Gage M. Miller 1936-1949
Oakley Decker 1950-1951

Communities and locations[edit]

  • Chili Center – The centre of town government and the most urbanized portion of the town.
  • Genesee River – Part of the east border of the town.
  • North Chili – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town and home to Roberts Wesleyan College.
  • South Chili – A rural area in Chili running along the New York State Thruway.
  • West Chili – A small community located just to the north of Black Creek Park.

Places of local interest[edit]

Public library[edit]

The Chili Public Library is the public library serving Chili, New York. It is currently located in the recently erected town government center at 3333 Chili Avenue. Previously, it occupied the old town government complex further east on Chili Avenue.

In June 1959, Chili Town Supervisor George Lusk and the members of the Town Board created the Chili Library Committee to determine need for a library in Chili. The committee submitted its findings to the Town board in June 1960, unanimously agreeing the Town of Chili had a "definite need" for a public library due to growing population and a lack of cultural institutions. At the time, Chili was the only town in the county without a public library. In 1961, Supervisor Lusk put a vote before town residents on a referendum to allocate funds for a new town hall facility, including a section for a town library. The public voted yes, and in 1962, the Chili Public Library became the final member of the Monroe County Library System.

The library opened its doors and began circulating books on October 15, 1962. Librarian Marcia Chapman presented the first library card to Supervisor Lusk.

Roberts Wesleyan College[edit]

Roberts is a private, Christian, liberal arts college located in North Chili. The school enrolls approximately 2,000 students. The school hosts various community events on its facilities, including soccer games, swimming lessons, dance recitals, fireworks, concerts, drama productions and many other events.

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historical Digest of Early Chili
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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