Smithfield, New York

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Smithfield, New York
Smithfield, New York is located in New York
Smithfield, New York
Smithfield, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°57′58″N 75°40′0″W / 42.96611°N 75.66667°W / 42.96611; -75.66667
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorRichard O. Bargabos (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total24.52 sq mi (63.52 km2)
 • Land24.44 sq mi (63.30 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
1,322 ft (403 m)
 • Total1,288
 • Estimate 
 • Density51.84/sq mi (20.02/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-053-67785
GNIS feature ID0979497

Smithfield is a town in Madison County, New York, USA. Administrative offices are in the hamlet of Peterboro, New York. The town and hamlet both are named after Peter Smith, an original land owner. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 1,288.

The Town of Smithfield is located in the center of the county.


The region was first settled around 1797. The town was organized in 1807 from land taken from the Town of Cazenovia.

2014 tornado[edit]

At 7:02 PM on July 8, 2014, Smithfield was struck by an EF2 tornado with peak estimated winds of 135 mph (217 km/h). The tornado killed four people and destroyed several homes. One house was carried 150 yards (140 m) and thrown into another home.[3] The Madison County, New York area last saw an EF2 tornado in 2009; New York state rarely sees tornadoes at or above the EF2 level, and usually only gets about four or five a year. This tornado is believed to be New York state's second-deadliest after a 1989 tornado in Orange County, New York, which killed nine elementary schoolchildren when they were crushed by a falling cafeteria wall.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.3 square miles (63 km2), of which, 24.3 square miles (63 km2) of it is land and 0.04% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,267[2]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,205 people, 415 households, and 315 families residing in the town. The population density was 49.5 people per square mile (19.1/km²). There were 446 housing units at an average density of 18.3 per square mile (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.68% White, 1.00% African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.25% Asian, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 415 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the town, the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,109, and the median income for a family was $38,333. Males had a median income of $28,618 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,860. About 12.6% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations[edit]

  • Bliss Corners – A location south of Peterboro.
  • Eisaman Corners – A location in the northern part of the town.
  • Embury Corners – A location in the southeast corner of the town.
  • Peterboro – A hamlet in the center of the town, where the Gerrit Smith Estate and Peter Smith Land Office are located.
  • Siloam – A hamlet northeast of Peterboro.


  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. ^ "Binghamton, NY Weather Forecast Office Severe Storms July 8, 2014". National Weather Service Office in Binghamton, New York. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 42°57′58″N 75°40′00″W / 42.96611°N 75.66667°W / 42.96611; -75.66667