Van Etten, New York
|Van Etten, New York|
|— Town —|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||George Keturi (D)|
|• Town Council|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST)|
Van Etten is a town in Chemung County. It is part of the 'Elmira, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area'. New York, United States. The population was 1,557 at the 2010 census. The name of the town is that of the two brothers who founded a village in the town.
The town was first settled around 1794, but more permanent settlement came in 1797. The Town of Van Etten was formed in 1854 from the Town of Erin and the Town of Cayuta, which became part of Schuyler County.
In 1876, the Village of Van Etten was incorporated, setting itself off from the town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.6 square miles (107.7 km²), of which, 41.6 square miles (107.6 km²) of it is land and 0.02% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,518 people, 596 households, and 420 families residing in the town. The population density was 36.5 people per square mile (14.1/km²). There were 679 housing units at an average density of 16.3 per square mile (6.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.55% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.
There were 596 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,011, and the median income for a family was $38,462. Males had a median income of $26,318 versus $24,762 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,426. About 7.7% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Van Etten 
- Swartwood – A hamlet by the west town line on NY-223. It is named after an early settler of the town, Jacob Swartwood.
- Van Etten – The Village of Van Etten is near the east town line at the junction of NY-34 and NY-224.
- Van Etten Junction – A hamlet south of Van Etten village on NY-34.