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Johnson City, New York
"Home of the Square Deal"
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(village of Lestershire)
|• Total||4.67 sq mi (12.09 km2)|
|• Land||4.55 sq mi (11.79 km2)|
|• Water||0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)|
|Elevation||873 ft (266 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||3,110.94/sq mi (1,201.16/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0954109|
The village of Johnson City is in the town of Union and is a part of the "Triple Cities" along with Endicott and Binghamton. Johnson City lies to the west of Binghamton on the eastern side of the town of Union.
Known as the "Home of the Square Deal", from the Square Deal given to all employees of Endicott Johnson Corporation, Johnson City was originally incorporated in 1892 as the village of Lestershire, In 1916, the village was renamed Johnson City in honor of George F. Johnson, who led the company that was by then known as Endicott Johnson.
2009 dissolution vote
In January 2007, a group of residents organized a petition supporting dissolution of the village for tax reasons. A vote was held on November 3, 2009. On November 12, 2009, the results came back "no" for dissolution by just 42 votes.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12.0 km2), of which 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 2.13%, is water.
Johnson City is on the north side of the Susquehanna River.
The junction of New York State Route 17 and New York State Route 201, which connects the community to the south side of the Susquehanna River, is in Johnson City. New York State Route 17C parallels NY-17.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,535 people, 6,981 households, and 3,651 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,497.0 people per square mile (1,350.9/km2). There were 7,650 housing units at an average density of 1,722.1 per square mile (665.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 88.86% White, 3.09% African American, 0.19% Native American, 4.93% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.23% of the population.
There were 6,981 households, out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.7% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the village, the population was spread out, with 20.0% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $27,438, and the median income for a family was $39,241. Males had a median income of $31,980 versus $24,656 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,511. About 11.6% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
The Oakdale Mall, opened in 1973 and located at Harry L. Drive and Reynolds Road in Johnson City, is a major indoor shopping destination for the Greater Binghamton area. Anchor stores include Sears (153,694 sq ft.), Macy's (140,000 sq ft., replaced Kaufmann's in 2006), JCPenney (88,318 sq ft.), The Bon-Ton (80,000 sq ft.) and Burlington Coat Factory (84,983 sq ft.).
Your Home Library, founded in 1917, serves the village of Johnson City and the surrounding area.
The library building was originally the old Brigham homestead, erected by Elijah Brigham in 1850. The old farmhouse was of wooden construction but was later replaced by a much finer homestead. The new homestead was erected in 1885, and its foundations, walls, and partitions were constructed using brick from the Brigham Brick Yard, situated just north of the library building. The building was chosen by Harry L. Johnson and the Endicott Johnson Corporation as the site of the present library.
In 1920, a large addition was built and the children's room, dining rooms, and kitchen were removed to the new wing of the building. The library was owned, and entirely supported, by the Endicott Johnson Corporation until September 1921 when it was incorporated.
In 1938, the library building was purchased by the Village of Johnson City. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
- George F. Johnson, founded the Endicott Johnson Corporation here.
- Fred Coury, drummer for 80s hair-metal band Cinderella
- Jerry D'Amigo, professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Marlies, graduated from Johnson City High School in 2009.
- Jim Johnson, professional MLB player for the Atlanta Braves, was born here.
- DaQuan Jones, professional NFL player for the Carolina Panthers, graduated from Johnson City High School in 2010.
- David Sedaris, American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor.
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