Ontario, New York
|Motto: A Community of Good Neighbors|
|• Total||32.3 sq mi (83.7 km2)|
|• Land||32.2 sq mi (83.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||377 ft (115 m)|
|• Density||303.5/sq mi (117.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979313|
Ontario is a town in the northwest corner of Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 9,778 at the 2000 census, and 10,136 at the 2010 census. The town is named after the Great Lake on its northern border.
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The first settler was Freeman Hopkins who arrived in 1806. He built a small log cabin that had to hold his nine children, wife and himself. Heavy timber and swamps made life difficult for the first settlers.
The town of Ontario was created in 1807 as the "Town of Freetown" from a part of the town of Williamson. Soon after, the name was changed to Ontario. Part of Ontario was used to form the town of Walworth in 1829.
In 1811, iron ore was discovered and a thriving smelting operation arose that lasted until past the end of the century.
In 1874, the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (now the R., W. & O.) was opened.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 square miles (84 km2), of which, 32.2 square miles (83 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.37%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,136 people. In 2000, there were 3,617 households, and 2,698 families residing in the town. The population density was 303.5 people per square mile (117.2/km²). There were 3,814 housing units at an average density of 118.4 per square mile (45.7/km²).
There were 3,617 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $51,399, and the median income for a family was $61,281. Males had a median income of $41,771 versus $30,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,511. About 3.1% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Ontario
- Bear Creek — A lakeside hamlet on County Road 101 that was once the port for loading iron ore from the county.
- Fruitland — A location west of Ontario Center on NY-104.
- Furnaceville — A hamlet near the east county line on County Road 110, where one of the last major iron furnaces was located (1825 – 1887).
- Ginna Nuclear Generating Station — A nuclear power generator on the shore of Lake Ontario.
- Lakeside — A hamlet on Route 104, north of Fruitland on County Road 102. In spite of its name, it is not located on the shore of a lake.
- Ontario — The hamlet (and census-designated place) of Ontario is on NY-104 and County Road 110 in the southeastern part of the town. It was first settled around 1807. The Brick Church Corners historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
- Ontario Center — A hamlet by the NY-104 and NY-350 junction. The First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
- Ontario-on-the-Lake — A lakeside hamlet in the northwest corner of the town on County Road 101.
- Union Hill — A hamlet by the west town line on NY-104.
- Town of Ontario
- Ontario Public Library
- History of the Town of Ontario
- Ontario historical summary
- RW&O Railroad, Ontario, NY
- Ginna Power Plant
- Wayne Central Alumni
- Ontario Weather