Sandy Creek, New York
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The Town of Sandy Creek is in the northwest part of the county. There is a village of Sandy Creek in the town.
The town was first settled around 1803, near Lacona. Sandy Creek was formed from the Town of Richland in 1825.
In 1835, Sandy Creek resident Thomas Meacham decided to make the world's largest cheese as a gift to president Andrew Jackson. His finished product was 4 feet in diameter, 2 feet thick, and weighed nearly 1400 pounds. The cheese was delivered and sat in the White House until February 22, 1836 when the president invited the public to come to the White House and eat the cheese. This event was made famous in an episode of the television show The West Wing.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.5 square miles (120.5 km²), of which, 42.3 square miles (109.5 km²) of it is land and 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²) of it (9.17%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,863 people, 1,543 households, and 1,064 families residing in the town. The population density was 91.4 people per square mile (35.3/km²). There were 2,607 housing units at an average density of 61.7 per square mile (23.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.27% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.
There were 1,543 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $33,438, and the median income for a family was $41,089. Males had a median income of $36,205 versus $22,031 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,228. About 11.9% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations
- Community Park – A location near the north town line.
- The Elms – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town at the north end North Pond. An 18 hole golf course is located here. It is considered a good value and offers several scenic holes.
- Lacona – A village east of Sandy Creek village, located on Route 22.
- North Pond (aka North Sandy Pond) – A pond in the west part of the town. The pond is similar to a lagoon by virtue of being isolated from Lake Ontario by low barrier islands. This pond is rather large (about 2 mi wide and 4 miles long)and much deeper than South Sandy Pond (30+ feet). It has good fishing and generally good water skiing but with considerable more chop than South Sandy Pond. The pond is popular with residents from Syracuse and Rochester who have small cottages (camps) on water's edge. At the south end of the pond is Sandy Island Beach State Park. Some of the best sand dunes in the northeast can been seen here.
- Rainbow Shores – A shoreline of Lake Ontario south of South Pond, near the south town line. A very popular spot for tourists and locals in the summer.
- Sandy Creek – The Village of Sandy Creek is near the interstate highway.
- Sandy Pond – A hamlet at the south end of North Pond.
- Sandy Pond Corners – A location east of Sandy Pond, located on Route 3.
- South Pond (aka South Sandy Pond) – A small pond south of North Pond and north of Rainbow Shores. It is connected to North Sandy Pond by a canal. Generally shallow (15 feet) and is considered a very good pond to water ski on and good for fishing. Many small camps are owned by residents from Syracuse and Rochester.
- Clarence D. Clark (1851 - 1930), United States Representative and United States Senator
- Allen and James Thompson, both brothers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions in the Civil War.
- "The Big Cheese". Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "CLARK, Clarence Don, (1851 - 1930)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
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