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Clyde, New York
The Clyde Post Office
The Clyde Post Office
Location in Wayne County and the state of New York.
Location in Wayne County and the state of New York.
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Country United States
State New York
County Wayne
Town Galen
Settled 1811 (1811)
Incorporated May 2, 1835 (1835-05-02)
Named for River Clyde
 • Type Board of Trustees
 • Total 2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Land 2.20 sq mi (5.69 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
400 ft (122 m)
 • Total 2,093
 • Estimate 
 • Density 892.17/sq mi (344.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-16573
GNIS feature ID 0946941

Clyde is a village in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 2,093 at the 2010 census. It was named after the River Clyde, in Scotland, and the village sits on the Clyde River, a tributary of the Seneca River.

The Village of Clyde is in the town of Town of Galen and is northeast of Geneva, New York. Clyde is approximately equidistant between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse.


Smith-Ely Mansion Oct 09
Smith-Ely Mansion

Prior to the French and Indian War, a French trading post and block house was located on the site of the future village. During the American Revolution it was known for its smuggling and was called the "Blockhouse."

The Smith-Ely Mansion and U.S. Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Civil War

During the American Civil War, men from Clyde served in B Company of the 111th New York Volunteer Infantry, their last company commander of the war being Philip I. Lape. The regiment commander was Colonel Clinton D. MacDougall.

The 111th New York was present at, among others, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Appomattox Campaign. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the 111th took the second highest casualties as a regiment of the entire battle.

Throughout the war, the regiment took a total of 1803 casualties, of which 158 were KIA, 557 were WIA (490 of whom recovered to some extent), and 1088 MIA.

Clyde is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.


Clyde is located at 43°5′3″N 76°52′13″W / 43.08417°N 76.87028°W / 43.08417; -76.87028 (43.084232, -76.870297).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.21%) is water.

Clyde is an Erie Canal village. The Clyde River was incorporated into the canal structure. The route of the canal through village was changed during canal renovations.

The village is at the intersection of New York State Route 31 and New York State Route 414.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,735
1880 2,826 3.3%
1890 2,638 −6.7%
1900 2,507 −5.0%
1910 2,695 7.5%
1920 2,528 −6.2%
1930 2,374 −6.1%
1940 2,356 −0.8%
1950 2,492 5.8%
1960 2,693 8.1%
1970 2,828 5.0%
1980 2,491 −11.9%
1990 2,409 −3.3%
2000 2,269 −5.8%
2010 2,093 −7.8%
2019 (est.) 1,961 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,093 people, 798 households, and 545 families residing in the village. The population density was 951.4 people per square mile (367.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.2% White, 4.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

There were 798 households, out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the village the population was spread out, with 30.1% under the age of 20, 6.3% from 20 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,471, and the median income for a family was $54,732. Males had a median income of $41,471 versus $34,115 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,546. About 11.5% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.


There were 910 housing units at an average density of 413.6 per square mile (159.6/km2); a total of 12.3% of housing units were vacant.

There were 798 occupied housing units in the village, of which 555 were owner-occupied units (69.5%), while 243 were renter-occupied (30.5%). The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate was 11.6%.

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