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Otego is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 3,115 at the 2010 census. The name is a native word meaning "where there is fire."

The Town of Otego is on the south border of the county and contains a village called Otego. The town and village are southwest of Oneonta.


The town was first settled around 1775, but few more arrived until after the American Revolution. Tension between ethnic Germans and New Englanders slowed early development.

The Town of Otego was formed in 1822 from the Towns of Unadilla and Franklin (in Delaware County) as the "Town of Huntsville." In 1830, the name was changed to Otego, when part of the Town of Milford was added.

The Otsdawa Creek Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.9 square miles (116.2 km²), all of it land.

The south town line is the border of Delaware County.

The Susquehanna River flows through the south part of the town. Otego Creek enters the Susquehanna River east of the east town line. Otsdawa Creek flows down the east side of Otego.

Interstate 88 and New York State Route 7 follow the course of the Susquehanna River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,414
1830 2,136 51.1%
1840 1,919 −10.2%
1850 1,792 −6.6%
1860 1,957 9.2%
1870 2,052 4.9%
1880 1,918 −6.5%
1890 1,840 −4.1%
1900 1,817 −1.3%
1910 1,699 −6.5%
1920 1,366 −19.6%
1930 1,373 0.5%
1940 1,508 9.8%
1950 1,769 17.3%
1960 2,008 13.5%
1970 2,249 12.0%
1980 2,801 24.5%
1990 3,128 11.7%
2000 3,183 1.8%
2010 3,115 −2.1%
Est. 2014 3,032 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

jacob-alperin-sheriffs As of the census of 2000, there were 3,183 people, 1,234 households, and 874 families residing in the town. The population density was 70.9 people per square mile (27.4/km²). There were 1,383 housing units at an average density of 30.8 per square mile (11.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.55% White, 1.01% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 1,234 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,563, and the median income for a family was $36,543. Males had a median income of $27,986 versus $25,868 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,479. About 8.7% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Otego

  • Center Brook – A former location in the town.
  • Cooks Corners – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town located on County Highway 6.
  • Hell Hollow – Also known as "The Perry District", named by a former schoolteacher in response to the antics of his students.
  • Lake Misery – small lake in the northwest part of town.
  • Mill Creek – small community west of Hell Hollow and north of the Village of Otego on creek of same name that once powered many small mills.
  • Otego – The Village of Otego on NY-7.
  • Otsdawa – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town, located on County Highway 8 and the West Branch of Otsdawa Creek. The Otsdawa Baptist Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
  • Wells Bridge – A hamlet near the southwest corner of Otego located on State Highway 7 and the Delaware & Hudson Railway subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway.

Coordinates: 42°23′30″N 75°10′41″W / 42.39167°N 75.17806°W / 42.39167; -75.17806

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