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Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Oneida
Settled c.1795
Created 1805
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 72.58 sq mi (187.97 km2)
 • Land 71.81 sq mi (185.99 km2)
 • Water 0.76 sq mi (1.98 km2)
 • Total 4,555
 • Estimate 
 • Density 63.16/sq mi (24.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 36-065-07366

Boonville is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The town is in the northeastern section of the county. The population was 4,555 at the 2010 census. The town includes a village, also called Boonville. The town and village are named after Gerrit Boon, an agent of the Holland Land Company. The current mayor is Eric McIntyre.


The town was first settled around 1795. The Town of Boonville was created in 1805 from the Town of Leyden.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 72.6 square miles (188.0 km²), of which, 71.9 square miles (186.2 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (0.95%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Lewis County, and the east town line is the Black River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 393
1820 1,294 229.3%
1830 2,746 112.2%
1840 5,519 101.0%
1850 3,309 −40.0%
1860 4,212 27.3%
1870 4,106 −2.5%
1880 3,996 −2.7%
1890 3,509 −12.2%
1900 3,332 −5.0%
1910 3,191 −4.2%
1920 3,147 −1.4%
1930 3,320 5.5%
1940 3,201 −3.6%
1950 3,593 12.2%
1960 3,786 5.4%
1970 3,947 4.3%
1980 4,094 3.7%
1990 4,246 3.7%
2000 4,572 7.7%
2010 4,555 −0.4%
2016 (est.) 4,536 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,572 people, 1,781 households, and 1,209 families residing in the town. The population density was 63.6 people per square mile (24.5/km2). There were 2,138 housing units at an average density of 29.7 per square mile (11.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.21% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 1,781 households, of which 31.3% had children under 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone 65 or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size 2.98.

In the town, the population was 24.5% under 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% age 65 or older. The median age was 39. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household was $36,744, and the median for a family $40,845. Males had a median income of $30,992 versus $21,362 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,704. About 8.2% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under 18 and 9.9% of those 65 or over.


Boonville is a snowmobile tourist destination and has revitalized the Snow Festivals. Consequently, it has accepted the nickname "The Snow Capital of the East." In 2008 more than 6,000 people traveled to the Oneida County Fairgrounds in Boonville to watch vintage and professional snowmobile races on a half-mile oval ice track. In 2013 over 44,000 people visited the fairgrounds to attend the annual Woodsmen's Field Days, setting a record for attendance.

The fairgrounds in Boonville are also home of Oneida County Fair and the Woodsman Field Days.

The former Black River Canal was constructed to connect to the Erie Canal.

Communities and locations in the Town of Boonville

  • Alder Creek - A hamlet at the junction of state routes 12 and 28.
  • Alder Creek Station - A location in the southeast part of the town, west of Alder Creek.
  • Boonville - The Village of Boonville is on NY 12 at 12D.
  • Hawkinsville - A hamlet east of Boonville village, near the Black River.
  • Hurlbutville - A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
  • Pixley Falls State Park - Located on NY 46 several miles south of the Village of Boonville and adjacent to Hurlbutville.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Boonville has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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