Waterloo (town), New York

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Waterloo is a town in Seneca County, New York, United States. The population was 7,866 at the 2000 census. The town, as well as its major community, are named after Waterloo, Belgium. The current Town Supervisor is James Mooney and the current Town Clerk is Sandra Ridley.[1]

The Town of Waterloo also has a village called Waterloo and is on the west border of the county. The town and village are east of Geneva, New York.


The area was the domain of the Seneca tribe and Cayuga tribe, who were visited in the 17th Century by Jesuit missionaries. The Sullivan Expedition passed through the area in 1779 to destroy the natives and their villages. After the war, the area was in the Central New York Military Tract, reserved for veterans.

The region was first settled around 1800. The town was formed from the Town of Junius in 1829.

Notable Natives[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Waterloo[edit]

Landmark name Image Date listed Location Summary
William H. Burton House Burton House Waterloo Aug 09.jpg June 14,
35 E. Main St.
42°54′16″N 76°51′41″W / 42.90444°N 76.86139°W / 42.90444; -76.86139 (Burton, William H., House)
National Memorial Day Museum
First Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church Waterloo Aug 09.jpg November 29,
E. Main St., E of jct. with NY 96
42°54′14″N 76°51′39″W / 42.90389°N 76.86083°W / 42.90389; -76.86083 (First Presbyterian Church)
Hunt House August 29,
401 E. Main St.
42°54′22″N 76°50′40″W / 42.90611°N 76.84444°W / 42.90611; -76.84444 (Hunt House)
Historic home, c. 1830.
M'Clintock House August 29,
14 E. Williams
42°54′19″N 76°51′42″W / 42.90528°N 76.86167°W / 42.90528; -76.86167 (M'Clintock House)
Historic home, important to the first Women's Rights Convention.
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church St Pauls Church Waterloo Aug 09.jpg March 9,
101 E. Williams St.
42°54′20″N 76°51′35″W / 42.90556°N 76.85972°W / 42.90556; -76.85972 (Saint Paul's Church)
United Methodist Church United Methodist Church Waterloo Aug 09.jpg September 24,
21 E. Williams St.
42°54′28″N 76°51′40″W / 42.90778°N 76.86111°W / 42.90778; -76.86111 (United Methodist Church)
U.S. Post Office May 11,
2 E. Main St.
42°54′15″N 76°51′46″W / 42.90417°N 76.86278°W / 42.90417; -76.86278 (US Post Office--Waterloo)
Waterloo Library Waterloo Library Aug 09.jpg June 14,
31 Williams St.
42°54′20″N 76°51′40″W / 42.90556°N 76.86111°W / 42.90556; -76.86111 (Waterloo Library)
James Russell Webster House December 11,
115 E. Main St.
42°54′23″N 76°51′33″W / 42.90639°N 76.85917°W / 42.90639; -76.85917 (James Russell Webster House)
Historic home, c. 1850-1855.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.9 square miles (56.6 km²), of which, 21.7 square miles (56.2 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.78%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Ontario County, New York, and part of the south town line is Seneca Lake and the Seneca River/Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

The NY 5-US 20 concurrency is a major east-west highway in Waterloo. NY 96 is a highway that turns southward at Waterloo village.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,866 people, 3,057 households, and 2,048 families residing in the town. The population density was 362.4 people per square mile (140.0/km²). There were 3,293 housing units at an average density of 151.7 per square mile (58.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.90% White, 0.99% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 3,057 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,089, and the median income for a family was $40,304. Males had a median income of $30,981 versus $21,897 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,773. About 9.4% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Schools in the Town of Waterloo[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Until 2005, St. Mary's School operated as a private PreK-8 Roman Catholic school in Waterloo. After undergoing financial difficulties, it merged with St. Patrick's school in Seneca Falls, New York to form St. John Bosco School in 2005.

Communities and locations in the Town of Waterloo[edit]

  • Border City – A hamlet near the west town line and Geneva.
  • Dobbins Corner – A hamlet at the west town line on County Road 112.
  • East Geneva – A hamlet near the west town line on US-20.
  • Packwood Corners – A hamlet on US-20, on the south town line.
  • Parr Harbour – A location west of Waterloo village on US-20.
  • Seneca Lake State Park – A state park in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Seneca Meadows, New York States largest active landfill
  • Waterloo – The Village of Waterloo in on US-20 at the south town line, partly in the Town of Fayette.


  1. ^ Town of Waterloo
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/CougTo0.htm
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ NYS Admin Listing
  5. ^ NYS Admin Listing
  6. ^ NYS Admin Listing
  7. ^ NYS Admin Listing
  8. ^ NYS Admin Listing

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