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Henrietta, New York

Coordinates: 43°03′34″N 77°36′53″W / 43.05944°N 77.61472°W / 43.05944; -77.61472
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Town Hall
Town Hall
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 43°03′34″N 77°36′53″W / 43.05944°N 77.61472°W / 43.05944; -77.61472
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
EstablishedMarch 27, 1818; 206 years ago (1818-03-27)[1]
 • Town SupervisorStephen L. Schultz (D) First elected 2017
  • Rick Page (R)
  • Joseph Bellanca, Jr. (R)
  • Robert Barley, Jr. (D)
  • Michael Stafford (D)
 • Total35.65 sq mi (92.32 km2)
 • Land35.35 sq mi (91.56 km2)
 • Water0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
600 ft (200 m)
 • Total47,096
 • Density1,332.28/sq mi (514.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
14467, 14534 ,14586, 14623
Area code585
FIPS code36-055-34099

Henrietta is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States and a suburb of Rochester. The population of Henrietta is 47,096, according to the 2020 United States Census. Henrietta is home to the Rochester Institute of Technology and to one of the largest retail shopping districts in Monroe County.


The first residents of the Henrietta area were Native Americans. Although no evidence of Native American villages has been found in Henrietta, numerous artifacts and skeletons have been unearthed by farmers and archeologists over the past 200 years.[3] With the end of the American Revolution, several resident Native American tribes that had sided with the British were forced to leave Upstate New York. As a result, land became available for European settlers in the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley regions.

The town of Henrietta was named after Henrietta Laura Pulteney, Countess of Bath in Great Britain.[4] Her father Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet, a major British investor from the Pulteney Association, owned the land that became the town. Henrietta Pulteney never visited the town. Pulteney eventually sold his holdings, which then passed through the hands of several American investors.[5]

The first European settlers in Henrietta were Major Ezekiel Scott and his wife Catherine, who purchased 900 acres in 1790. Most of the original arriving settlers were English.[5]Two villages, East and West Henrietta, arose in the area, both part of the Town of Pittsford. In 1818, a dispute about the recording of deeds prompted residents of the two villages to secede from Pittsford and form the town of Henrietta.[5]

With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Henrietta farmers gained access to the New York City market for their crops and the town prospered. In 1826, the Monroe Academy opened in Henrietta, becoming the first incorporated school in Monroe County.

After the end of World War II, the population of Henrietta rose from 3,000 to approximately 14,000 in ten years as people started moving from the City of Rochester. The building of the New York Thruway through Henrietta in the early 1950s made the town more desirable for commercial development. In 1968, the Rochester Institute of Technology moved from Rochester to a new campus in Henrietta. That same year, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf opened in Henrietta.[6]

In the 1980s, with the completion of Interstate 390 and the building of Marketplace Mall, Henrietta developed into one of the major retail shopping destinations in Monroe County.[7] Henrietta has the following listings on the National Register of Historic Places:


Henrietta is bounded by the following communities:

According to the United States Census Bureau, Henrietta has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92 km2). Of this total, 35.4 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.53%) is water.

Both the New York Thruway (Interstate 90) and Interstate 390 run through Henrietta. A short section of the Erie Canal passes through the northeastern side of the town.


Henrietta's town government consists of a town supervisor and four town board members.[10]

Other boards and commissions in Henrietta include the Zoning Board, Planning Board, Conservation Board, Youth Board, Recreation Commission, Historic Site Committee, Assessment Board, and Library Board.


As of 2020, the population of Henrietta was 47,096.[11]

As of the 2005-2009 American Community Survey, the racial makeup of the town was 81.5% White, 7.9% African American, 0.27% Native American, 5.9% Asian, and 3.1% Hispanic or Latino and 1.4% other.

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

The 2000 US Census showed a population in Henrietta of 39,028 with 12,823 households and 8,501 families. The population density was 1,102.2 inhabitants per square mile (425.6/km2). There were 13,243 housing units at an average density of 374.0 per square mile (144.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 84.3% White, 6.9% African American, 0.27% Native American, 5.5% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 17.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.03% of the population.

There were 12,823 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 20.4% under the age of 18, 23.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.3 males.

The median income for a household in Henrietta was $51,081, and the median income for a family was $60,803. Males had a median income of $39,636 versus $30,271 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,821. About 3.2% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities in Henrietta[edit]

East Henrietta[edit]

The East Henrietta hamlet is located at the crossroads of East Henrietta (New York State Route 15A) and Lehigh Station Roads (New York State Route 253). It was the site of the Monroe Academy, the first secondary school in the county, which later became Rush-Henrietta Senior High School. Also located at this intersection was the Kirby House, a nationally recognized example of Greek Revival architecture. It has since been relocated to a residential neighborhood near Stone Road in Henrietta.

West Henrietta[edit]

The West Henrietta hamlet is located at the crossroads of West Henrietta (Route 15) and Erie Station Road. This crossroads has several historic buildings:

  • West Henrietta Baptist Church, constructed in 1838
  • West Henrietta Post Office/West Henrietta Fire Department building, built in the 1920s as a school house.
  • Former general store building, built in 1906 and now occupied by a pizza restaurant
  • Former Cartwright Inn building. built as a tavern in 1831


Riverton was established in 1973 by the federal government as a planned community.




Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Kalbeck, Eleanor C (1977). Henrietta Heritage. pp. 11–13.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 155.
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  6. ^ "History of RIT". RIT. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  7. ^ "About Marketplace Mall". The Marketplace Mall. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 2/10/14 through 2/14/14. National Park Service. February 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Town Board". Town of Henrietta. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  11. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Search Results". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  12. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Henrietta town, New York". Retrieved October 21, 2021.
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  14. ^ "Wedding Announcement: Sonia A. Iwasiw and Joseph L. Biehler". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY. December 2, 1998. p. 9F – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ Accolade: The Yearbook of McQuaid Jesuit High School. Vol. XXVI. Rochester, NY: McQuaid Jesuit High School. 1983. p. 138 – via Ancestry.com.
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