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Port Byron, New York
Village
Country United States
State New York
County Cayuga
Town Mentz
Area
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 407 ft (124 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,646,936
 • Density 1,318/sq mi (508.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13140
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-59212
GNIS feature ID 0960960
Website www.villageofportbyron.com

Port Byron is a village in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,290 at the 2010 census. The village is believed to be named after Lord Byron. Lord Byron was an English poet and a leader in the Romantic movement. It is in the town of Mentz north of Auburn.

The local school is the Port Byron Central School District. Byron, a small town in southeastern Minnesota, was named after Port Byron, the name being suggested by George W. Van Dusen, a grain dealer who was formerly from Port Byron.

History

Settlers began arriving around 1797. Originally known as "Bucksville", the name was changed to Port Byron in 1825 as it became a port on the Erie Canal. Later, when the canal route was changed in 1856, the village was a railroad town. The village was incorporated in 1837.

The Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Geography

Port Byron is located at 43°2′N 76°38′W / 43.033°N 76.633°W / 43.033; -76.633 (43.0368, -76.6254). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.61 km2), of which 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2) is land and 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 2.91%, is water.

The village is at the junction of Routes 31 and 38. The New York State Thruway passes through the northwest corner of the village but with no direct access. The Owasco Outlet flows northward from Owasco Lake to the Seneca River through the village. It provided substantial water power to the early village.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,089
1880 1,146 5.2%
1890 1,105 −3.6%
1900 1,013 −8.3%
1910 1,085 7.1%
1920 1,035 −4.6%
1930 890 −14.0%
1940 961 8.0%
1950 1,013 5.4%
1960 1,201 18.6%
1970 1,330 10.7%
1980 1,400 5.3%
1990 1,359 −2.9%
2000 1,297 −4.6%
2010 1,290 −0.5%
Est. 2015 1,243 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,297 people, 501 households, and 350 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,287.7 people per square mile (495.8/km2). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 523.2 per square mile (201.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.22% White, 1.54% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

There were 501 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,625, and the median income for a family was $37,054. Males had a median income of $30,875 versus $20,404 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,741. About 11.0% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.


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