Genoa, New York

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Genoa, New York
Location within Cayuga County and New York
Location within Cayuga County and New York
Genoa is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°40′N 76°32′W / 42.667°N 76.533°W / 42.667; -76.533
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorPeggy L. Bradley (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total43.16 sq mi (111.79 km2)
 • Land39.60 sq mi (102.56 km2)
 • Water3.56 sq mi (9.23 km2)
1,030 ft (314 m)
 • Total1,935
 • Estimate 
 • Density48.13/sq mi (18.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-011-28673
GNIS feature ID0978994

Genoa is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,935 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is named after Genoa in Italy.[4]

The town is located in the southwest corner of the county and is north of Ithaca. Genoa is in the heart of the Finger Lakes region.


The Sullivan Expedition moved through the area in 1779 destroying native villages and stores. Genoa became part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived in 1791.

The town was created as "Milton" in 1789 while still part of Onondaga County. The name was changed to Genoa in 1808.[5] The town was reduced to form the town of Locke in 1802. Genoa was reduced again in 1817 to form the town of Lansing in Tompkins County.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Genoa has a total area of 43.2 square miles (111.8 km2), of which 39.6 square miles (102.6 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.2 km2), or 8.26%, is water.[3]

The west town line, marked by Cayuga Lake, is the border of Seneca County, and the south town line is the border of Tompkins County.

New York State Route 34 and New York State Route 34B are north-south highways through the town. New York State Route 90 becomes an east-west highway at Jump Corners.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,906[2]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,914 people, 718 households, and 529 families residing in the town. The population density was 48.3 people per square mile (18.6/km²). There were 927 housing units at an average density of 23.4 per square mile (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.02% White, 0.52% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.40% of the population.

There were 718 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,618, and the median income for a family was $50,473. Males had a median income of $32,679 versus $23,603 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,960. About 6.1% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Genoa[edit]

  • Atwaters – A hamlet in the southwest corner of Genoa on the shore of Cayuga Lake.
  • Belltown – A location east of Goodyear Corners.
  • Bowers Corners – A hamlet southeast of King Ferry.
  • East Genoa – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on NY-34. The East Genoa Methodist Episcopal Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[8]
  • Five Corners – A hamlet in the south of Genoa, east of Goodyear Corners.
  • Forks of the Creek – A location southeast of Five Corners.
  • Genoa – A hamlet at the junction of NY-34 and NY-90.
  • Goodyear Corners – A hamlet south of King Ferry on NY-34B.
  • Jump Corners – A location west of King Ferry on NY-90.
  • King Ferry (formerly "Northville") – A hamlet in the northwest part of town at the junction of NY-34B and NY-90.
  • King Ferry Station – A hamlet west of King Ferry at the edge of Cayuga Lake.
  • Little Hollow – A location on NY-90 between King Ferry and Genoa at Little Salmon Creek.
  • Little Salmon Creek – A stream flowing south through the center of the town, leading to Cayuga Lake.
  • McQuiggen Corners – A location west of Goodyear Corners.
  • Weekes Corners – A location between King Ferry and Little Hollow.


Genoa, Illinois, was named after Genoa, New York, by early settler Thomas Madison, a Revolutionary War soldier from Ashtabula County, Ohio.[9]

Notable people[edit]

  • John Bascom (1827-1911), educator, writer, president of the University of Wisconsin
  • Asahel Finch, Jr. (1809-1883), politician and lawyer, Michigan and Wisconsin


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Genoa town, Cayuga County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 136.
  5. ^ "History of Cayuga County, New York: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers". Genoa from the "Military Tract," as "Milton," January 27, 1789, name changed April 6, 1808
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  9. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 42°40′N 76°32′W / 42.667°N 76.533°W / 42.667; -76.533