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Kirkwood, New York is located in New York
Kirkwood, New York
Kirkwood, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Broome
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 31.21 sq mi (80.83 km2)
 • Land 30.81 sq mi (79.80 km2)
 • Water 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
1,037 ft (316 m)
 • Total 5,857
 • Estimate 
 • Density 184.16/sq mi (71.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 607
FIPS code 36-007-39837
GNIS feature ID 0979121

Kirkwood is a town in Broome County, New York, United States. The population was 5,857 at the 2010 census. The town is named after James P. Kirkwood, who was an engineer responsible for constructing the local railroad.

The town is in the south-central part of the county, southeast of Binghamton.


Around 1781, Jonathan Fitch built a gristmill here, becoming the first pioneer settler. The Town of Kirkwood was formed from the town of Conklin in 1859.

In 2006 and 2011, parts of the town were damaged when the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.2 square miles (80.8 km2), of which 30.8 square miles (79.8 km2) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2), or 1.27%, is water.

The south town line is the state line of Pennsylvania (Susquehanna County).

The Susquehanna River forms the western border. U.S. Route 11 and Interstate 81 pass through the town, following the course of the Susquehanna. New York State Route 17 passes across the north part of the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,389
1870 1,402 0.9%
1880 1,344 −4.1%
1890 1,119 −16.7%
1900 918 −18.0%
1910 852 −7.2%
1920 899 5.5%
1930 1,237 37.6%
1940 2,150 73.8%
1950 2,997 39.4%
1960 4,651 55.2%
1970 5,687 22.3%
1980 5,834 2.6%
1990 6,096 4.5%
2000 5,647 −7.4%
2010 5,857 3.7%
2016 (est.) 5,674 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,651 people, 2,247 households, and 1,611 families residing in the town. The population density was 182.5 people per square mile (70.5/km2). There were 2,469 housing units at an average density of 79.7 per square mile (30.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.60% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 2,247 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,279, and the median income for a family was $45,993. Males had a median income of $34,543 versus $23,275 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,228. About 4.0% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Windsor Central School District is the primary school district in Kirkwood among other towns including Windsor and West Windsor. Susquehanna Valley Central School District encompasses the southernmost part of Kirkwood as well as the town of Conklin and the town of Binghamton.

Communities and locations in Kirkwood

  • Brookvale – A hamlet in the northeast part of Kirkwood is on County Road 52. It was formerly called "Stanley Hollow."
  • Five Mile Point – A hamlet north of Kirkwood village by the junction of I-81 and NY-17.
  • Kirkwood – The hamlet of Kirkwood is on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, on US-11.
  • Kirkwood Center – A hamlet north of Kirkwood village on US-11.
  • Langdon – A hamlet north of Kirkwood village on County Road 32.
  • Popes Ravine – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Riverside – A hamlet in the south part of the town on US-11.
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