Ossian, New York

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Ossian, New York
Ossian is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Ossian is located in the US
Ossian (the US)
Coordinates: 42°31′31″N 77°46′55″W / 42.52528°N 77.78194°W / 42.52528; -77.78194
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorDomenick Martello (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total39.66 sq mi (102.73 km2)
 • Land39.63 sq mi (102.65 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,365 ft (416 m)
 • Total789
 • Estimate 
 • Density19.25/sq mi (7.43/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-051-55508
GNIS feature ID0979322

Ossian is a town in Livingston County, New York, United States. The population was 789 at the 2010 census. Ossian is a figure in Celtic mythology.

The Town of Ossian is the southernmost town in Livingston County and is in the southeast part of the county.


The area was first settled around 1804 near Ossian Center. The Town of Ossian was formed from the Town of Angelica, while part of Allegany County. Ossian became part of Livingston County in 1856.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.7 square miles (103 km2), of which, 39.6 square miles (103 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.10%) is water.

Part of the west town line and the south town line are the border of Allegany County, New York. Part of the east town line is the border of Steuben County, New York.

New York State Route 436 is a highway across the north part of the town.

Adjacent towns and areas[edit]



Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016763[2]−3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 751 people, 272 households, and 212 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.9 people per square mile (7.3/km²). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 7.8 per square mile (3.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.93% White, 0.13% African American, 0.13% Native American, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.13% of the population.

There were 272 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,563, and the median income for a family was $50,938. Males had a median income of $32,313 versus $23,977 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,252. About 3.2% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Ossian[edit]

  • Ossian Center – A hamlet near the town center.
  • Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area – A state conservation area in the western part of the town.
  • Westview – A hamlet in the northwest corner of the town on Route 436.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jasper Bisbee (1843-1935), one of the first rural musicians to produce a record, was born in and lived in Ossian until 1858.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 42°31′16″N 77°46′46″W / 42.52111°N 77.77944°W / 42.52111; -77.77944