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Ontario, New York
North Ontario United Methodist Church
North Ontario United Methodist Church
A Community of Good Neighbors
Location in Wayne County and the state of New York.
Location in Wayne County and the state of New York.
Ontario, New York is located in New York
Ontario, New York
Ontario, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Wayne
Settled 1806
Established March 27, 1807
 • Type Town Board
 • Total 32.50 sq mi (84.17 km2)
 • Land 32.41 sq mi (83.95 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
377 ft (115 m)
 • Total 10,136
 • Estimate 
 • Density 310.50/sq mi (119.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315, 585 and 680
FIPS code 36-55013
GNIS feature ID 0979313

Ontario is a town in the northwest corner of Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 9,778 at the 2000 census, and 10,136 at the 2010 census. The town is named after the Great Lake on its northern border.

The town has a hamlet (and census-designated place), also called Ontario. Government offices for the town are located there.


The first settler was Freeman Hopkins who arrived in 1806. He built a small log cabin that had to hold his nine children, wife and himself. Heavy timber and swamps made life difficult for the first settlers.

The town of Ontario was created in 1807 as the "Town of Freetown" from a part of the town of Williamson. Soon after, the name was changed to Ontario. Part of Ontario was used to form the town of Walworth in 1829.

In 1811, iron ore was discovered and a thriving smelting operation arose that lasted until past the end of the century.

In 1874, the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (now the R., W. & O.) was opened.

On June 1, 1970, the Robert E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant started commercial operation on the shore of Lake Ontario within the town, just past the Monroe County line.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 square miles (84 km2), of which, 32.2 square miles (83 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.37%) is water.

The north town boundary is Lake Ontario, and the west town line is the border of Monroe County. The town is east of the City of Rochester.

New York State Route 104 is an east-west highway that intersects north-south highway New York State Route 350 at Ontario Center.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,233
1830 1,587 −28.9%
1840 1,889 19.0%
1850 2,246 18.9%
1860 2,320 3.3%
1870 2,295 −1.1%
1880 2,962 29.1%
1890 2,611 −11.9%
1900 2,550 −2.3%
1910 2,672 4.8%
1920 2,620 −1.9%
1930 2,713 3.5%
1940 2,851 5.1%
1950 3,297 15.6%
1960 4,259 29.2%
1970 6,014 41.2%
1980 7,480 24.4%
1990 8,560 14.4%
2000 9,778 14.2%
2010 10,136 3.7%
2016 (est.) 10,064 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,136 people, 3,960 households, and 2,898 families residing in the town. The population density was 303.5 people per square mile (117.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.7% White, 1.2% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 3,960 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 20, 4.7% from 20 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $65,472, and the median income for a family was $74,589. Males had a median income of $53,917 versus $34,732 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,559. About 2.3% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.


There were 4,145 housing units at an average density of 128.3 per square mile (49.5/km2); a total of 4.5% of housing units were vacant.

There were 3,960 occupied housing units in the town, of which 3,329 were owner-occupied units (84.1%), while 631 were renter-occupied (15.9%). The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate was 7.3%.

Communities and locations in the Town of Ontario

  • Bear Creek — A lakeside hamlet on County Road 101 that was once the port for loading iron ore from the county.
  • Fruitland — A location west of Ontario Center on NY-104.
  • Furnaceville — A hamlet near the east county line on County Road 110, where one of the last major iron furnaces was located (1825 – 1887).
  • Ginna Nuclear Generating Station — A nuclear power generator on the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Lakeside — A hamlet on Route 104, north of Fruitland on County Road 102. In spite of its name, it is not located on the shore of a lake.
  • Ontario — The hamlet (and census-designated place) of Ontario is on NY-104 and County Road 110 in the southeastern part of the town. It was first settled around 1807. The Brick Church Corners historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
  • Ontario Center — A hamlet by the NY-104 and NY-350 junction. The First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
  • Ontario-on-the-Lake — A lakeside hamlet in the northwest corner of the town on County Road 101.
  • Union Hill — A hamlet by the west town line on NY-104.

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