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Pittsford
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 43°05′23″N 77°31′0″W / 43.08972°N 77.51667°W / 43.08972; -77.51667Coordinates: 43°05′23″N 77°31′0″W / 43.08972°N 77.51667°W / 43.08972; -77.51667
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Incorporated 1827; 195 years ago (1827)
Area
 • Total 23.40 sq mi (60.61 km2)
 • Land 23.19 sq mi (60.07 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
Elevation
564 ft (172 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 30,617 Increase
 • Density 1,320.26/sq mi (509.76/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
14534
Area code(s) 585
FIPS code 36-055-58365
Website www.townofpittsford.org

Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, is a town in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 30,617 at the 2020 census.

The Town of Pittsford (formerly part of the town of Northfield) was settled in 1789 and incorporated in 1796. The Village of Pittsford was incorporated in 1827. It was named by Colonel Caleb Hopkins, War of 1812 hero and subsequently Pittsford Town Supervisor, for the town of his birth, Pittsford, Vermont.

The Erie Canal passes through the town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.4 square miles (60.6 km²), of which, 23.2 square miles (60.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.81%) is water.

The Town of Pittsford is located in the southeastern portion of Monroe County approximately eight miles from the city of Rochester, New York. The Town of Mendon lies to the south, the Town of Perinton to the east, the Towns of Henrietta and Brighton to the west, and the Towns of Brighton and Penfield to the north.

History

The town is situated within the region subject to the Marquis de Denonville's expedition of 1600 French soldiers, 400 Canadian colonials, and 983 Native American allies in 1687, for the purpose of punishing the Seneca tribe, the foremost nation of the Iroquois Indian Confederacy, for their connection with the English and their interference in the lucrative French fur trade.

In 1788, Massachusetts abandoned its claim to this region in favor of New York. The District of Northfield was formed in Ontario County in 1792. This became the Town of Northfield in 1796. What is now the Village of Pittsford was settled the same year. As Northfield was subdivided in the following years, a final split formed the towns of Pittsford and Henrietta in 1814.

The Adsit Cobblestone Farmhouse, Cole Cobblestone Farmhouse, Gates-Livermore Cobblestone Farmhouse, Mendon Cobblestone Academy, Mendon Presbyterian Church, Miller–Horton–Barben Farm, Sheldon Cobblestone House, Stewart Cobblestone Farmhouse, and Whitcomb Cobblestone Farmhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,582
1830 1,832 15.8%
1840 1,983 8.2%
1850 2,061 3.9%
1860 2,028 −1.6%
1870 1,974 −2.7%
1880 2,236 13.3%
1890 2,129 −4.8%
1900 2,373 11.5%
1910 3,634 53.1%
1920 4,614 27.0%
1930 7,192 55.9%
1940 7,741 7.6%
1950 9,413 21.6%
1960 15,156 61.0%
1970 25,058 65.3%
1980 26,743 6.7%
1990 24,497 −8.4%
2000 27,219 11.1%
2010 29,405 8.0%
2020 30,617 4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census 2020

As of the census of 2000, there were 27,219 people, 9,448 households, and 7,341 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,173.7 people per square mile (453.2/km2). There were 9,709 housing units at an average density of 418.6 per square mile (161.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.61% White, 1.60% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 4.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 9,448 households, out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.4% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. Of all households, 19.1% were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $109,344, and the median income for a family was $119,509. Males had a median income of $70,780 versus $39,336 for females. The per capita income for the town was $42,723. About 1.5% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Pittsford has the highest average household income in New York State north of the New York City metropolitan area.

Greenprint

In 1996 the Town of Pittsford adopted its Greenprint Plan to preserve open space from the encroaching development that had taken so much of the town's countryside since the 1960s. The Greenprint involved the town's purchase of development rights to what was then two-thirds of Pittsford's remaining farmland. Initiated and successfully carried through by Supervisor William A. Carpenter, with passage of the Greenprint, Pittsford became the first town in the State of New York to save open space by purchasing development rights. In the years since, Pittsford's Greenprint has been recognized nationally and remains a frequently-cited example of successful open space preservation.

Parks

Pittsford has 11 town parks within it's borders. Great Embankment and Thornell Farm Park include several athletic fields while Lock 62 and Erie Canal trail offer a look at the historic double lock. The Isaac Gordon Nature Park offers hiking trails and cross-country skiing. Two Monroe County parks can also be found in Pittsford - Powder Mills Park and Mendon Ponds Park. Powder Mill has a ski lift and a creek that is popular with trout fisherman while Mendon Ponds includes a vast trail system and some of the most unique geology in the area.

Agriculture

Before the onset of rapid suburban development in the 1950s, Pittsford was a largely agricultural community with a distinct rural character, home to many family-owned farms. Remaining farms today include the Knickerbocker farm on Knickerbocker Road in the southeast part of town, where the family has been growing corn, wheat and other crops for more than 150 years. Other significant family farms still operating include the Hopkins Farm on Clover Street, the Powers Farm behind the Village, the Willard Farm and the Sweeney Farm. Pittsford's Greenprint plan, described above, in 1996 preserved for future generations to come two-thirds of the remaining farmland in the Town. The Town government remains committed to using planning techniques with a view toward conserving open space for the future.

Communities and locations in the Town of Pittsford

Education

Public schools are administered by the Pittsford Central School District.

The District has received the New York State Governor's Excelsior Award for quality. It costs $13,900 per year to educate a Pittsford student. Barker Road Middle School and Calkins Road Middle School have also received an award in 2006 and 2009 as one of the national "Schools to Watch".

The District has two high schools, Pittsford Sutherland and Pittsford Mendon. Sutherland plays its athletics as the Knights while Mendon students are known as the Vikings. In sports for in which the two high schools combine to form a single team, such as football and lacrosse, they are known as the Panthers. The two schools have a long-standing rivalry in basketball, culminating with the annual Rainbow Classic game held at the University of Rochester. The Rainbow Classic is an annual fundraiser to support Golisano Children's Hospital. The Rainbow Classic was created in memory of Katelyn Pasley, who was treated at the Golisano Children's Hospital before she died. In addition, when Ryan McCluski died in 2004 after treatment at the hospital, the Pasley and McCluski families joined together to turn the tragedies into something positive for the community. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Golisano Children's Hospital. Adding to the many successful sports teams in Pittsford, NY, the Pittsford Mendon Vikings soccer team has a strong tradition, holding the New York State record of seven state championships. Pittsford's swimming program is ranked overall 22nd in the nation, with girls being ranked 12th and having won 14 straight sectional championships, and boys being ranked 22nd, having won 13 straight titles.

The District has renovated many of its schools and built some entirely new facilities. In 2006, it completed work on Calkins Road Middle School, a middle school for students that will be attending Sutherland High School. The other middle school is Barker Road.

The Pittsford Central School District also operates five elementary schools, Jefferson, Park, Thornell, Mendon Center, and Allen Creek. They are all named for the roads on which they're located.

Pittsford is home to Allendale Columbia School, a leading independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in grades Nursery through 12. Allendale offers a combined interscholastic sports program in Grades 7-12 with The Harley School, also a Nursery - 12 independent school in the neighboring town of Brighton. The Harley-Allendale Columbia teams are affiliated with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Section V and the Finger Lakes Athletic Association.

Pittsford is also home to St. Louis School, a Roman Catholic school offering a program from preschool to grade 6, operated by the St. Louis Parish in Pittsford.

Two colleges are located in Pittsford: St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College.

The Rochester Japanese School (RJS; ロチェスター日本語補習校 Rochesutā Nihongo Hoshūkō), a weekend Japanese program, is held at the Christ Clarion Presbyterian Church of Pittsford.

Sports

Professional golf regularly comes to Pittsford. From 1977 through 2014, the LPGA Championship was held in the town, at Locust Hill Country Club for all but the last year, when the tournament was held at Monroe Golf Club. Oak Hill Country Club, located in Pittsford, hosted the 1995 Ryder Cup, the 1956, 1968 and 1989 United States Opens and the 1980, 2003, and 2013 PGA Championships.

The NFL Buffalo Bills hold their summer training camp each August at St. John Fisher College.

The University Athletic Association is based in Pittsford. Sports teams of both Pittsford high schools and the Harley-Allendale Columbia teams are regularly featured in the weekly Brighton-Pittsford Post.

Notable people

  • Johnny Antonelli, Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who won the 1954 World Series with the New York Giants, lived in Pittsford after retiring.
  • Charles August, businessman and founder of Monro Muffler Brake
  • Tyson Beckford, model and actor, attended Pittsford Mendon High School
  • Paige Conners (born 2000), Israeli-American pairs figure skater who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics with skating partner, Evgeni Krasnopolski, representing Israel.
  • Mary Therese Friel, Miss New York USA 1979 and Miss USA 1979.
  • John Curran, film director
  • Nicole Fiscella, played "Isabel Coates" on Gossip Girl
  • Steve Gadd, jazz drummer, born in Irondequoit, New York, attended high school in Pittsford
  • Teddy Geiger, pop musician and songwriter
  • Ephraim Goss (1806–1877), lawyer and state senator
  • C. R. Hagen, noted professor of particle physics at the University of Rochester, co-discoverer of Higgs Mechanism and Higgs Boson in 1964
  • Carl Hausman (born 1953), author, journalist, and educator
  • Mike Jones, Major League Baseball player
  • David Lanz, Grammy-nominated New Age pianist
  • Christopher Lasch, historian, moralist, and social critic
  • Henry Lomb, co-founder of Bausch & Lomb Company
  • Chuck Mangione, jazz musician
  • Pamela Melroy, astronaut, lived in Pittsford as a child
  • Kaitlin Monte, USO Show Troupe, Miss New York 2011
  • Cathy Morse, professional golfer
  • Adam Podlesh, professional football player
  • Henrik Rummel, Olympic athlete, won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games
  • Joy Tanner, Nora MacDonald on Disney's Life With Derek
  • Abby Wambach, soccer player, grew up in Pittsford
  • Leehom Wang, Mando-pop singer-songwriter, previously lived in Pittsford
  • Gerald B. Zornow (1916–1984), Chairman of Eastman Kodak Co, grew up in Pittsford
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