Carthage, New York facts for kids
|• Total||2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)|
|• Land||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||768 ft (234 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0969965|
The Village of Carthage is at the southeast town line and is east of Watertown.
The original settlement was called "Long Falls" and was first settled around 1798.
Its claim to partial fame is that American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film music composer John Carpenter was born here when his mother was visiting her sister. Mr. Carpenter was married to actress Adrienne Barbeau.
The village was chartered in 1869 . Carthage is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.
In 1861, a major fire destroyed about twenty buildings in the village, and a smaller fire at the end of the year destroyed more property. A somewhat less destructive fire occurred in 1872. Another large fire in 1884 spread across the river from West Carthage and caused extensive damage, reducing more than 150 buildings to ruin. The First Baptist Church and Cook Memorial Building, State Street Historic District, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002, another fire destroyed eight buildings in the downtown area, displacing nearly 150 residents and leaving a pile of ruin.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (6.34%) is water.
The village is located on the east side of the Black River at the junction of Routes NY-3 and NY-126.
At the 2000 census, there were 3,721 people, 1,417 households and 956 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,480.4 per square mile (572.4/km²). There were 1,626 housing units at an average density of 646.9 per square mile (250.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 91.32% White, 4.27% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.
There were 1,417 households of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.
Age distribution was 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.
The median household income was $23,583, and the median family income was $32,083. Males had a median income of $31,397 versus $18,713 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,029. About 18.6% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.
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