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Clare, New York
Map highlighting Clare's location within St. Lawrence County.
Map highlighting Clare's location within St. Lawrence County.
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Country United States
State New York
County St. Lawrence
 • Total 97.26 sq mi (251.89 km2)
 • Land 96.50 sq mi (249.92 km2)
 • Water 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
1,148 ft (350 m)
 • Total 105
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1.09/sq mi (0.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 36-15792
GNIS feature ID 0978828
Clare Hall
Clare Town Hall

Clare is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 105 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Clare is in the south-central part of the county and is south of the Village of Canton, the county seat.


The Town of Clare, formed in 1880 from part of the Town of Peirrepont, was the last town formed in the county. Madam De Stael, a French author, at one time invested in the town lands, on the advice of her friend Gouverneur Morris, while it was still part of Pierrepont.

A history in 1894 indicated that almost no business existed in the town, and there were no organized churches.

The Clare Town Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 97.3 square miles (252 km2), of which, 96.6 square miles (250 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (0.67%) is water.

The town is in the Adirondack Park, and two branches of the Grasse River flow through the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 281
1900 330 17.4%
1910 420 27.3%
1920 152 −63.8%
1930 227 49.3%
1940 139 −38.8%
1950 107 −23.0%
1960 87 −18.7%
1970 97 11.5%
1980 121 24.7%
1990 78 −35.5%
2000 112 43.6%
2010 105 −6.2%
2016 (est.) 105 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 112 people, 46 households, and 32 families residing in the town. The population density was 1.2 people per square mile (0.4/km2). There were 106 housing units at an average density of 1.1 per square mile (0.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.54% white, 1.79% Native American, 0.89% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 46 households, out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples] living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 female residents, there were 111.3 male residents. For every 100 female residents age 18 and over, there were 107.3 male residents.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,667, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Male residents had a median income of $25,625 versus $50,833 for female residents. The per capita income for the town was $14,453. There were 6.7% of families and 12.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 6.5% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Communities and locations in Clare

  • Brouses Corners – a location north of Clare village on County Road 27 (Clare Road).
  • Canton Farm – A location in the eastern part of Clare by the Grass River.
  • Clare – The hamlet of Clare is in the northwest part of the town on County Road 27.
  • Clarksboro – A location south of Clare village in the eastern part of Clare.
  • Moores Landing Strip (1E8) – A small grass runway airport south of Clare village.
  • Newbridge – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
  • Lampson Falls – A gorgeous collection of waterfalls down a nice trail right on 27.
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