DeWitt, New York

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DeWitt, New York
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 43°3′16″N 76°4′45″W / 43.05444°N 76.07917°W / 43.05444; -76.07917Coordinates: 43°3′16″N 76°4′45″W / 43.05444°N 76.07917°W / 43.05444; -76.07917
Country United States
State New York
County Onondaga
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Supervisor Edward M. Michalenko (D)
 • Town Council
 • Total 33.9 sq mi (87.8 km2)
 • Land 33.9 sq mi (87.7 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 417 ft (127 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 25,838
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13214
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-20478
GNIS feature ID 0978901

DeWitt is a town (township) in Onondaga County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town's population was 25,838. The town is named after Major Moses DeWitt, a judge and soldier. An eastern suburb of Syracuse, DeWitt also is "the site of most of the campus and all of the academic buildings of Le Moyne College".[1]


DeWitt was part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived around 1789.

The original Erie Canal progressed through the town in 1825. DeWitt was formed in 1835 from the Town of Manlius and was named in honor of Moses DeWitt,[2] a Major in the militia, judge of the county courts and one of the first settlers of the county.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.9 square miles (88 km2), of which, 33.8 square miles (88 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.

Southern DeWitt from I-481
An Office Building off I-481 in the flat northern part of DeWitt.


Interstate 481 is the major highway in DeWitt crossing the center of the town, turning northward along the east side of DeWitt. I-481 intersects Interstate 690 in the eastern part of the town and Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) in the northern part of the town.

New York State Route 92 conjoined with New York State Route 5 intersects I-481 in the east part of DeWitt. New York State Route 91 has its northern terminus at New York State Route 173, which crosses the southern part of the town, at Jamesville. New York State Route 298 crosses the north part of the town while New York State Route 290 crosses the middle portion of the town. Other state routes of note include New York State Route 598 in the extreme northwest portion of town and New York State Route 635 which straddles the western town boundary with the city of Syracuse.

Bodies of water[edit]

Natural bodies of water in the Town of DeWitt include:

Erie Canal[edit]

The Long Level section of the Old Erie Canal runs through DeWitt, which in turn is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Wegmans DeWitt supermarket


As of the 2000 United States Census,[5] there were 24,071 people, 10,068 households, and 6,503 families residing in the town. The population density was 711.0 people per square mile (274.6/km²). There were 10,694 housing units at an average density of 315.9 per square mile (122.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.70% White, 4.89% African American, 2.98% Asian, 0.56% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,802
1850 3,302 17.8%
1860 3,043 −7.8%
1870 3,105 2.0%
1880 3,975 28.0%
1890 4,560 14.7%
1900 5,435 19.2%
1910 7,422 36.6%
1920 10,279 38.5%
1930 9,536 −7.2%
1940 10,836 13.6%
1950 15,329 41.5%
1960 22,740 48.3%
1970 29,198 28.4%
1980 26,868 −8.0%
1990 25,148 −6.4%
2000 24,937 −0.8%
2010 25,838 3.6%
Est. 2014 25,735 [6] −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
A neighborhood in the hills of DeWitt

There were 10,068 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

An office building in DeWitt. Outside of downtown Syracuse, DeWitt is home to the most employers in the region.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,759, and the median income for a family was $60,325. Males had a median income of $45,926 versus $29,797 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,198. About 4.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

As of July 2009, the population was 24,422,[8] up 1.5% from 2000, with the average household income at $57,273. The average condo value in 2009 was $142,735.

Towns in Onondaga County, New York


Officials in the Town of DeWitt are elected at-large. Current offices are:[9][10]

  • Town Supervisor (2 year term of office)
  • Town Clerk (2 year term of office)
  • Six Town Councilors (4 year term of office)
  • Two Town Justices (4 year term of office)
  • Town Highway Superintendent (2 year term of office)

The Town Hall is located at 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-8510.[11]


Hanson Aggregates, Jamesville, NY

Communities and places[edit]

  • Collamer (formerly "Brittons Settlement") – A hamlet in the northeast part of DeWitt on NY 298.
  • DeWitt (formerly "Youngsville" and "Orville") – The hamlet of DeWitt is near the town center on NY 5.
  • Franklin Park – A suburban hamlet in the northwest part of DeWitt.
  • Lyndon Corners – A hamlet in the eastern portion of town.
  • Jamesville – A hamlet in the south of DeWitt on NY-173.
  • Oot Park – A hamlet by the east town line

Visitor attractions[edit]

National historic sites
Cooper's Tubular Arch Bridge, Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, DeWitt
State parks and historic sites
Upper entrance to Fiddlers Green Park, Jamesville, New York
Municipal parks
  • Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail – a 67-acre, partially developed area off of Kinne Road, near Wegmans DeWitt[16]
  • Fiddlers Green Park – a small, developing park in the hamlet of Jamesville
  • Maxwell Park – "a 105-acre park" in East Syracuse[17]
  • Ryder Park and Recreation Area – "a 12-acre park located next to the DeWitt Town Hall"[17]
  • Willis Carrier Recreation Center and Park – a 22-acre park next to Carrier Campus[18][19]


Le Moyne College
School districts

Other schools in the Town of DeWitt include:

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Town of DeWitt: Town Profile" (PDF). Onondaga County. pp. 9–7.1. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 105. 
  3. ^ "Butternut Creek". New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. n.d. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ley Creek, South Branch by Tarbell Road". Project Watershed. Izaak Walton League. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "DeWitt New York". 
  9. ^ "2013 Who's Who in Town of DeWitt Government" (PDF). Town of DeWitt. 
  10. ^ Carlic, Steve (September 23, 2007). "Political notebook: Town of DeWitt". Syracuse Post-Standard. 
  11. ^ Town of DeWitt Newsletter, Winter 2005
  12. ^ a b "Terms of Use Agreement." (Archive). Aspen Dental. Retrieved on September 23, 1012. " Aspen Dental Management, Inc. and the Aspen Dental Management, Inc. logo are trademarks of Aspen Dental Management, Inc., a Delaware corporation having its principle [sic] offices at 281 Sanders Creek Parkway, East Syracuse, New York. All other marks are property of their respective owners."
  13. ^ a b "Zoning Map." (Archive) Town of DeWitt. Retrieved on September 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Hutchison, Edward (February 23, 2012). "DeWitt Acres and Shoppingtown". 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Town of DeWitt Newsletter, Winter 2015, pp. 6, 12
  17. ^ a b "Town of DeWitt Parks," Town of DeWitt Newsletter, Winter 2015, p.8
  18. ^ "Carrier Park Field of Dreams". Town of DeWitt. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "Carrier Park Field of Dreams". Friends of DeWitt. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  20. ^ DeWitt Community Library website. Accessed 21 May 2017.
  21. ^ "jamesvilledewitt.pdf." (Archive) Office of the State Comptroller, State of New York. September 24, 2010. Retrieved on September 23, 2012. "Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District 6845 Edinger Drive DeWitt, NY 13214"
  22. ^ "Town of Manlius GIS." Town of Manlius. Retrieved on September 23, 2012.
  23. ^ "Home." East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District. Retrieved on September 23, 2012. "407 Fremont Road . East Syracuse, NY 13057"

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