Ira, New York

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Ira, New York
Location within Cayuga County and New York
Location within Cayuga County and New York
Ira is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°12′30″N 76°31′50″W / 43.20833°N 76.53056°W / 43.20833; -76.53056Coordinates: 43°12′30″N 76°31′50″W / 43.20833°N 76.53056°W / 43.20833; -76.53056
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorJames E. Lunkenheimer (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total34.90 sq mi (90.39 km2)
 • Land34.80 sq mi (90.12 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
456 ft (139 m)
 • Total2,206
 • Estimate 
 • Density63.97/sq mi (24.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-011-37660
GNIS feature ID0979094
Ira, New York

Ira is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 2,206 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is in the northern part of the county and is northwest of Syracuse.


Ira was part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived around 1800. The town was founded in 1821 from part of the town of Cato. Part of Ira was returned to Cato in 1824.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.9 square miles (90.4 km2), of which 34.8 square miles (90.1 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.30%, is water.[3] Many drumlins, relics of the Ice Age, are scattered about the town.

The north town line and part of the east town line are the border of Oswego County, and the remainder of the east town line is the border of Onondaga County.

New York State Route 34 and New York State Route 176 are north-south highways in Ira. New York State Route 370 is an east-west highway along the south town line.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20162,226[2]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,426 people, 822 households, and 669 families residing in the town. The population density was 69.6 people per square mile (26.9/km²). There were 867 housing units at an average density of 24.9 per square mile (9.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.03% White, 0.41% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 822 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,027, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $35,472 versus $25,134 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,954. About 3.4% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Ira[edit]

  • Beaver Meadows – A swampy area south of Benton Corners.
  • Benton Corners – A location east of Ira village on NY-176.
  • Bethel Corners (also called "Bethel") – A Hamlet near the north town line on NY-34.
  • Cato – The village of Cato is on the south town line, partly in the town of Cato.
  • Floridaville – A hamlet at the east town line.
  • Fox's Corners – A former location west of Ira village.
  • Ira (formerly "Ira Center") – The hamlet of Ira is near the center of the town. It was settled around 1805.
  • Ira Corners (formerly "Ira Station") – a location on the west town line, west of Ira.
  • Meridian – The village of Meridian is by the south town line in the town of Cato.
  • Mud Pond – A small lake in the southwest part of Ira.


  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): Ira town, Cayuga County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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