Whitesboro, New York

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Whitesboro, New York
Commercial buildings in Whitesboro
Commercial buildings in Whitesboro
Official seal of Whitesboro, New York
Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 43°7′N 75°18′W / 43.117°N 75.300°W / 43.117; -75.300Coordinates: 43°7′N 75°18′W / 43.117°N 75.300°W / 43.117; -75.300
Country United States
State New York
County Oneida
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 423 ft (129 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,772
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13492
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-81710[1]
GNIS feature ID 0971160[2]

Whitesboro is a village in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 3,772 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Hugh White, an early settler who had been adopted into the Oneida tribe and built the first permanent settlement there in 1784-85.[3]

The Village of Whitesboro is inside the Town of Whitestown.


The village was first settled circa 1784. The village was incorporated in 1813.

The older part of the village was bordered by the Erie Canal and the village's Main Street. When the canal was filled in the first half of the 20th century, Oriskany Boulevard was built over the filled-in canal. The streets that connect the two roads form the oldest part of the village.[citation needed]

Ice skating was once popular on the Erie Canal, and once covered with ice, the residents used the Flagg Street Playground in the winter to ice skate. The fire department in the 1950s-1980s would spray water on a large area of the several acre playground, and most of the village would come out and skate. A large portion of the village would participate. In the early 1980s, the skating was stopped for insurance reasons.[citation needed]

The Whitestown Town Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[4]

City seal controversy[edit]

The Whitesboro seal, originating in the early 1900s, displays founder Hugh White wrestling an Oneida Native American. The seal has been controversial because it has been interpreted as a settler choking the Native American; city officials contend it depicts a friendly wrestling match that White won, gaining the respect of the Oneida.[5] The current version of the seal was created in 1970, after a lawsuit by a Native American group: the version used before the suit showed the settler's hands on the Native American's neck instead of his shoulders.[6]

The seal attracted more controversy in 2016 when village residents voted 157 to 55 to keep the seal as-is rather than explore alternative images.[7] On January 21, 2016, Patrick O'Connor, the mayor of Whitesboro, called Jessica Williams, a correspondent for The Daily Show, and told her that the town would change the seal.[8]


Whitesboro is located at 43°7′N 75°18′W / 43.117°N 75.300°W / 43.117; -75.300 (43.124, -75.296).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.[citation needed] The Sauquoit Creek runs through the village.[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 964
1880 1,370 42.1%
1890 1,663 21.4%
1900 1,958 17.7%
1910 2,375 21.3%
1920 3,038 27.9%
1930 3,375 11.1%
1940 3,532 4.7%
1950 3,902 10.5%
1960 4,784 22.6%
1970 4,805 0.4%
1980 4,460 −7.2%
1990 4,195 −5.9%
2000 3,943 −6.0%
2010 3,772 −4.3%
Est. 2015 3,694 [10] −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,943 people, 1,778 households, and 992 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,675.4 people per square mile (1,422.8/km²). There were 1,921 housing units at an average density of 1,790.6 per square mile (693.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.69% White, 0.53% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 1,778 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,947, and the median income for a family was $42,741. Males had a median income of $29,408 versus $25,865 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,386.

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