- Kirkwood, New York
official_name = Kirkwood, New York
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of New York
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Broome
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 81.3
area_land_km2 = 80.2
area_water_km2 = 1.1
area_total_sq_mi = 31.4
area_land_sq_mi = 31.0
area_water_sq_mi = 0.4
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 5651
population_density_km2 = 70.5
population_density_sq_mi = 182.5
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 316
elevation_ft = 1037
latd = 42 |latm = 4 |lats = 52 |latNS = N
longd = 75 |longm = 48 |longs = 35 |longEW = W
Kirkwood is a
townin Broome County, New York, United States. The population was 5,651 at the 2000 census. The town is named after James P. Kirkwood, who was an engineer responsible for constructing the local railroad.
The Town of Kirkwood is in the south-central part of the county, southeast of Binghamton,
Around 1781, Jonathan Fitch built a gristmill here, becoming the first pioneer settler. The Town of Kirkwood was formed from the Town of Conklin in 1859.
In 2006, parts of the town were damaged when the
Susquehanna Riveroverflowed its banks.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81.3 km²), of which, 31.0 square miles (80.2 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.37%) is water.
The south town line is the state line of
Susquehanna Riverforms the western border. US Route 11 and Interstate 81pass through the town, following the course of the Susquehanna. New York State Route 17passes across the north part of the town.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 5,651 people, 2,247 households, and 1,611 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 182.5 people per square mile (70.5/km²). There were 2,469 housing units at an average density of 79.7/sq mi (30.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.60% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.
There were 2,247 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 22.4% 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 2.51 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,279, and the median income for a family was $45,993. Males had a median income of $34,543 versus $23,275 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $19,228. About 4.0% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Kirkwood
*Brookvale -- A hamlet in the northeast part of Kirkwood is on County Road 52. It was formerly called "Stanley Hollow."
*Five Mile Point -- A hamlet north of Kirkwood village by the junction of I-81 and NY-17.
*Kirkwood -- The hamlet of Kirkwood is on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, on US-11.
*Kirkwood Center -- A hamlet north of Kirkwood village on US-11.
*Langdon -- A hamlet north of Kirkwood village on County Road 32.
*Popes Ravine -- A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
*Riverside -- A hamlet in the south part of the town on US-11.
* [http://www.townofkirkwood.org/ Town of Kirkwood, NY]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/ny/kirkwood-ny.htm Early history of Kirkwood, NY]
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