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Lima, New York
Lima, New York is located in New York
Lima, New York
Lima, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Livingston
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 31.94 sq mi (82.73 km2)
 • Land 31.89 sq mi (82.60 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
 • Total 4,305
 • Estimate 
 • Density 130.91/sq mi (50.55/km2)
FIPS code 36-051-42334

Lima ( the name is a shibboleth) is a town in Livingston County, New York, United States. The population was 4,305 at the 2010 census. The town is in the northeast part of the county, south of Rochester. The village of Lima is located within the town.


The town of Lima was organized in 1789 (before Livingston County was established) as the "Town of Charleston," but was renamed "Lima" in 1808 to reflect that many residents had come from Old Lyme, Connecticut and to avoid confusion with Charleston, New York.

The Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (1830) / Genesee College (1849) in Lima village was one of the first co-educational schools in the country when it first opened in 1822. Eventually, determined by a Methodist-Episcopal convention in 1870, the college was shut in favor of the newly developed Syracuse University (1871), over the protests of the residents of Lima.

The population of Lima was 1,890 in 1920.

The Ganoung Cobblestone Farmhouse, Godfrey House and Barn Complex, Leech-Lloyd Farmhouse and Barn Complex, Leech-Parker Farmhouse, Markham Cobblestone Farmhouse and Barn Complex, Martin Farm Complex, Ogilvie Moses Farmhouse, Zebulon Moses Farm Complex, and Thomas Peck Farmhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.9 square miles (82.7 km²), of which, 31.9 square miles (82.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Monroe County, and the east town line is the border of Ontario County.

Honeoye Creek defines the east town line.

New York State Route 5 (in part, Avon-Lima Road and East Main Street) conjoined with US Route 20 is a major east-west highway. New York State Route 15A, a north-south highway, intersects NY-5/US-20 in Lima village.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,963
1830 1,764 −10.1%
1840 2,176 23.4%
1850 2,433 11.8%
1860 2,782 14.3%
1870 2,912 4.7%
1880 2,782 −4.5%
1890 2,438 −12.4%
1900 2,279 −6.5%
1910 2,068 −9.3%
1920 1,890 −8.6%
1930 1,900 0.5%
1940 1,986 4.5%
1950 2,336 17.6%
1960 2,716 16.3%
1970 3,445 26.8%
1980 3,859 12.0%
1990 4,187 8.5%
2000 4,541 8.5%
2010 4,305 −5.2%
2016 (est.) 4,175 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,541 people, 1,553 households, and 1,102 families residing in the town. The population density was 142.4 people per square mile (55.0/km2). There were 1,610 housing units at an average density of 50.5 per square mile (19.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.87% White, 1.04% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 1,553 households, out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,774, and the median income for a family was $57,127. Males had a median income of $40,607 versus $26,316 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,972. About 2.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Lima

  • Commins Corners – A location in the northeast part of the town.
  • Idaho – A location in the southeast corner of the town.
  • Lima – A village on NY-5/US-20.
  • North Bloomfield – A hamlet at the east town line in the NE corner of the town. The North Bloomfield School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
  • South Lima – A hamlet at the southwest corner of the town.


Public schools in Lima are in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District and include Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and Manor Intermediate School. The Lima Primary School is in the district. The school mascot is the cougar.

As of June 2009, Genesee Community College had started construction for one of its satellite campuses. The campus was expected to be finished and open for the fall 2009 semester.

Elim Bible Institute is located in Lima village. It is a religious college that offers a two-year degree and certifications in religious study.

Lima Christian School (est. 1974) is a private school representing 15 local districts, grades K-12.

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