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Country United States
State New York
County Oneida
Population 1,929 (2010)
Town Supervisor Clifford W. Hill (R)
Timezone EST
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Remsen is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 1,929 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Henry Remsen, an early settler. The Town of Remsen contains a village also named Remsen. The town is north of the city of Utica, New York.


Remsen was named for Henry Remsen II, the original proprietor of the township and the inheritor of the Remsenburgh patent, which embraced some 48,000 acres (190 km2) in Oneida and Herkimer counties and was granted in 1766 (later regranted by the Legislature in 1787) to Remsen and four other New York merchants. Remsen, a New York City merchant and owner of Henry Remsen Jr. & Co., was the descendant of some of the earliest Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam.

The town was first settled around 1792, when Barnabas Mitchell of Meriden, Connecticut settled in the area and began clearing a farm which was subsequently owned by his son Milo, and became known as the 'Milo Mitchell place.' Soon afterwards, Mitchell was joined by Nathaniel Rockwood, John Bonner, Perez Farr, Bettis Le Clerc, Jonah Dayton, John Kent and Shubael Cross, all of whom came from New England to settle in Remsen. In September 1795 five families from Wales settled in the vicinity, marking the beginning of a substantial Welsh presence in the area. The Town of Remsen was formed in 1798 from part of the Town of Norway in Herkimer County, New York when Oneida County was formed. In 1869, part of Remsen was used to form the new Town of Forestport.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.9 square miles (95.5 km²), of which, 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it (4.04%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Herkimer County. The Black River, widened into Kayuta Lake by a dam, defines the north part of the town. Remsen was at one time a commercial hub, during the railroad years. During the 1970s and 1980s, there were still strong industries such as farming. There were also many factory-type jobs to be found in nearby Utica, NY. It was hit hard by the closing of factories and a large military base, Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY in the early 1990s. It is currently widely considered a town without much wealth and most local businesses have closed.

Remsen is at the border of the Adirondack Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 224
1810 489 118.3%
1820 912 86.5%
1830 1,400 53.5%
1840 1,638 17.0%
1850 2,384 45.5%
1860 2,070 −13.2%
1870 1,184 −42.8%
1880 1,195 0.9%
1890 1,099 −8.0%
1900 1,208 9.9%
1910 1,087 −10.0%
1920 969 −10.9%
1930 867 −10.5%
1940 798 −8.0%
1950 962 20.6%
1960 1,128 17.3%
1970 1,366 21.1%
1980 1,614 18.2%
1990 1,739 7.7%
2000 1,958 12.6%
2010 1,929 −1.5%
Est. 2014 1,915 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,958 people, 745 households, and 517 families residing in the town. The population density was 55.3 people per square mile (21.4/km²). There were 991 housing units at an average density of 28.0 per square mile (10.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.41% Asian, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

There were 745 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,968, and the median income for a family was $41,042. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $22,989 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,394. About 8.5% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Remsen

  • Bardwell Mill – A location east of Hennedaga.
  • Kayuta Lake – A lake partly in the northwest part of the town.
  • Hinckley Reservoir – A reservoir partly in the southeast part of the town.
  • Hennedaga – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Ninety-six Corners – A hamlet on Route 365 near the east town line.
  • Remsen – The Village of Remsen is in the southwest part of the town.

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Coordinates: 43°19′39″N 75°11′12″W / 43.32750°N 75.18667°W / 43.32750; -75.18667

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