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Le Ray, New York
Le Ray, New York is located in New York
Le Ray, New York
Le Ray, New York
Location in New York
Le Ray, New York is located in the United States
Le Ray, New York
Le Ray, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Jefferson
Named for Jacques-Donatien Le Ray, Comte de Chaumont
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 73.98 sq mi (191.61 km2)
 • Land 73.61 sq mi (190.64 km2)
 • Water 0.37 sq mi (0.97 km2)
459 ft (140 m)
 • Total 25,574
 • Estimate 
 • Density 294.71/sq mi (113.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-045-42015
GNIS feature ID 0979141

Le Ray is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 25,574 at the 2020 census, up from 21,782 in 2010. The town is named for Jacques-Donatien Le Ray, known as a French "father of the American Revolution".

The town is in the central part of the county and is northeast of Watertown.


Archaeological remains show the presence of aboriginal natives in the town.

The region was part of Macomb's Purchase and was acquired by Gouverneur Morris and James Le Ray in 1800. Settlement began around 1802.

The town was formed in 1806 and included a large portion of northern Jefferson County. Parts of the town was used to create the Towns of Wilna, Alexandria, Theresa, Antwerp, and Philadelphia.

Many of the historic settlements of the town were abandoned due to the formation of Fort Drum, which occupies the eastern part of the town.

The LeRaysville Archeological District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 74.0 square miles (192 km2), of which, 73.7 square miles (191 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (0.43%) is water.

The Black River marks the south town border.

U.S. Route 11 is a northeast-southwest highway through Le Ray. New York State Route 3 passes across the southeast part of Le Ray. New York State Route 26 is a north-south highway. New York State Route 37 is a north-south highway in the western part of Le Ray. New York State Route 342 crosses the south part of the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,944
1830 3,430 16.5%
1840 3,721 8.5%
1850 3,654 −1.8%
1860 3,159 −13.5%
1870 2,862 −9.4%
1880 2,660 −7.1%
1890 2,565 −3.6%
1900 2,576 0.4%
1910 2,555 −0.8%
1920 2,366 −7.4%
1930 2,422 2.4%
1940 2,551 5.3%
1950 2,821 10.6%
1960 3,627 28.6%
1970 3,973 9.5%
1980 5,039 26.8%
1990 17,973 256.7%
2000 19,840 10.4%
2010 21,782 9.8%
2020 25,574 17.4%
2020 (est.) 25,574 17.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,836 people, 4,998 households, and 4,303 families residing in the town. The population density was 269.1 inhabitants per square mile (103.9/km2). There were 5,245 housing units at an average density of 71.2/sq mi (27.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 70.48% White, 16.36% African American, 0.79% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.49% Pacific Islander, 6.09% from other races, and 3.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.94% of the population.

There were 4,998 households, out of which 58.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. 10.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 27.9% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 6.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females, there were 145.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 167.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,359, and the median income for a family was $33,806. Males had a median income of $21,541 versus $21,074 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,140. About 7.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Le Ray

  • Black River – The Village of Black River is at the south town line by the Black River.
  • Calcium – A hamlet southwest of Fort Drum.
  • Doolins Crossing – A location by the eastern corner of the town.
  • Dutch Settlement – A hamlet in the north part of the town on County Road 18.
  • Evans Mills – The Village of Evans Mills is by the west end of Fort Drum, north of US-11.
  • Five Corners – A location in the southwest part of Le Ray.
  • Fort Drum – Part of the military reservation occupies the eastern section of the town.
  • Gould Corners – A location southeast of Evans Mills, located on US-11.
  • Gracey Corners – A location in the southwest of Le Ray.
  • Hall Corners – A location near the northeast town line.
  • Pine Plains – A location near the eastern corner of the town.
  • Westwood Corners – A location on US-11 near the northeast town line.

See also

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