Yorkshire (town), New York
|Yorkshire, New York|
Location in the state of New York
|Coordinates: 42°29′9″N 78°30′32″W / 42.48583°N 78.50889°W|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Marcia J. Spencer (D)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||36.4 sq mi (94.3 km2)|
|• Land||36.3 sq mi (93.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||1,697 ft (517 m)|
|• Density||108/sq mi (41.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST)|
The area that would become the town was first settled around 1810. The town of Yorkshire was formed in 1820 from the "town of Ischua" (now Franklinville). In 1827, the south part of the town was taken to form the town of Machias.
Western historian and notable U.S. Army engineer Hiram M. Chittenden was born in Yorkshire on October 25, 1858.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.4 square miles (94.3 km2), of which 36.3 square miles (93.9 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.40%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,210 people, 1,670 households, and 1,122 families residing in the town. The population density was 113.9 people per square mile (44.0/km²). There were 1,938 housing units at an average density of 52.4 per square mile (20.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.81% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.
There were 1,670 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.2% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,060, and the median income for a family was $39,229. Males had a median income of $30,103 versus $22,205 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,842. About 9.1% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Hiram M. Chittenden, leading historian of the American West
- Rodney R. Crowley, former New York Inspector of State Prisons
- Irving Stringham, mathematician
Communities and locations in Yorkshire
- Delevan – The village of Delevan is located in the northeast part of the town, south of Yorkshire village on NY Route 16 and County Roads 20, 21, and 73.
- The Forks – A location near the north town line west of Yorkshire village.
- Lime Lake Outlet – A north-flowing stream that passes west of Delevan and empties into Cattaraugus Creek near Yorkshire village.
- McKinstrys Hollow – A location by the junction of County Roads 20 and 75 in the south-central part of the town.
- Silliman's Corners – A location near the north town line west of Yorkshire village, located on County Road 72.
- Yorkshire – The hamlet of Yorkshire is located on NY Route 16 and former County Roads 54 and 72 in the northeast corner of the town by Cattaraugus Creek.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Yorkshire town, Cattaraugus County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
- Le Roy, Bruce, ed. (1961). H.M. Chittenden-A Western Epic-Being a Selection from his unpublished Journals, Diaries and Reports. Tacoma, Wa: Washington State Historic Society. p. 89.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.