Sylvan Beach, New York
|Sylvan Beach, New York|
Sylvan Beach Union Chapel
|• Total||0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)|
|• Land||0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||374 ft (114 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0966955|
The Village of Sylvan Beach is in the South Eastern end of the Town of Vienna.
Before European exploration began, the area was used by Native Americans, mostly for its supply of fish. Many of the areas surrounding Oneida Lake have actually been bearers of artifacts that have helped us learn more about Native Americans. The Oneidas and the Onondagas, of the Iroquois Confederacy chose to settle in the Oneida Lake region. The community was founded around 1840. Public transportation, in the form of railroads and ferries, made the village a desirable resort community since the 19th century. The Village of Sylvan Beach was incorporated in 1971.
Sylvan Beach is located at (43.204358, -75.726428).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (3.95%) is water.
Sylvan Beach is on the east shore of Oneida Lake and is adjacent to the Erie Canal. Sylvan Beach used to be a shipping port for all of the lake back in 1820, Barge Canal made the final stage of transport most important during the 1920s and 30's.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,071 people, 472 households, and 279 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,458.4 people per square mile (566.5/km²). There were 847 housing units at an average density of 1,153.4 per square mile (448.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.76% White, 0.75% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 472 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the village the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.1 males. In the city's population, 49.5% are males and 50.5% are females.
The median income for a household in the village was $30,978, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $30,250 versus $18,625 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,876. About 13.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.
The total amount of housing is 946. Of those, 34.4% of those homes are used for recreational, seasonal, or occasional use (which is 325 homes). 46.6% of houses in the beach are vacant, which adds up to 441 homes. 2.7% of homes are for rent and 2.0% are for sale totaling 45 homes.
The village is home to a beach, an amusement park, camping facilities, marinas, and a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Situated on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake, the village attracts many boaters and fishing enthusiasts. The summer is best time for visitors with many different events going on and great places to eat. Every Tuesday, during the summer, at 5 pm, is the bikes at the beach event. The streets come alive with the sound of bike engines and it is quite a sight to see as all of the motorcycles flood the street. You can often catch performances happening on the gazebo over the weekend. There is a great lawn surrounding it and it very welcoming for people to get their lawn chairs and enjoy the music. It can be found on the main strip just behind Harpoon Eddie's. Harpoon Eddie's is one of the best restaurants in the beach where you have the option to dine inside or out where you can look over the lake and can see the sun set right over the horizon. Eddie's, which is located right down the road, is owned and operated by the same family. Here you can find many families relaxing and enjoying each other's company. There are many other places for people to hang out whether they are shopping, lounging, eating, riding bikes, or getting ice cream. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the beach. Another attraction in the amusement park which is the first thing many people see as they enter the beach. It consists of many rides, including, a roller coster, ferris wheels, bumper cars, spinning teapot, and much more. You can also find many games along the way where you can find many kids playing and winning tickets.
Sylvan Beach also plays host to the annual Sylvan Beach Mile, a one mile road race which attracts a variety of runners - from recreational to elite. The race is held during the final weekend in July and brands itself as The Fastest Mile Anywhere!
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.