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Tully, New York
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Onondaga
Area settled 1795
Town created 1803
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 26.28 sq mi (68.06 km2)
 • Land 25.75 sq mi (66.70 km2)
 • Water 0.53 sq mi (1.36 km2)
 • Total 951
 • Density 105.38/sq mi (40.69/km2)
FIPS code 36-067-75638

Tully is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population of the town was 951 at the 2019 census. The name of the town is derived from the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. The town is on the county's southern border, south of Syracuse.


Tully was within the former Central New York Military Tract used to pay soldiers during the American Revolution. The surveyors were responsible for naming the areas and one of the assistant surveyors, being a classical scholar and professor at Kings College (Columbia), assigned names from Roman generals and statesmen and Greek men of letters. Tully is derived from the middle name of Marcus Tullius Cicero.

The first white settler was Andy Tucker, who built a log cabin in 1795. The first town meeting was held on April 4, 1803, when the town was formed from part of the Town of Fabius. The Town of Otisco was partially formed from part of Tully in 1806. When Cortland County was established in 1808, Tully lost its southern parts to the Towns of Preble and Scott in the new county. Then in 1811, Tully lost even more land to form the Town of Spafford.

By the development of two local resources the town has been brought during the past decade into wide and growing prominence. The first and foremost of these is the somewhat famous Tully Lake Park. The first cottage and a part of the hotel were erected on Tully Lake in 1889; other cottages and villas followed until now upwards of fifty adorn the once wild site. In 1892 the Central New York Assembly established Assembly Park on the east side of the lake, where annual sessions of an educational nature, similar to those at the celebrated Chautauqua, situated on the lake of that name, have since been held. The rare picturesqueness of the locality and its privileges bring hundreds of summer visitors each year who contribute materially to the varied interests of the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.1 km²), of which, 25.9 square miles (67.0 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.56%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Cortland County.

Interstate 81, U.S. Route 11, and New York State Route 11A are north-south highway through the town. New York State Route 80 is an east-west highway.

The celebrated Tully Lakes, forming an unbroken chain of natural water gems, consist of Tully (Big), Green, Crooked, Jerry's and Mirror Lakes, of which the first named is the largest and most prominent.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,123
1830 1,640 46.0%
1840 1,663 1.4%
1850 1,559 −6.3%
1860 1,690 8.4%
1870 1,560 −7.7%
1880 1,476 −5.4%
1890 1,380 −6.5%
1900 1,465 6.2%
1910 1,386 −5.4%
1920 1,358 −2.0%
1930 1,461 7.6%
1940 1,430 −2.1%
1950 1,554 8.7%
1960 1,633 5.1%
1970 1,901 16.4%
1980 2,409 26.7%
1990 2,378 −1.3%
2000 2,709 13.9%
2010 2,738 1.1%
2016 (est.) 2,714 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,709 people, 1,030 households, and 744 families residing in the town. The population density was 104.7 people per square mile (40.4/km2). There were 1,139 housing units at an average density of 44.0 per square mile (17.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.23% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 1,030 households, out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $53,250, and the median income for a family was $63,266. Males had a median income of $46,667 versus $27,721 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,223. About 3.9% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.



Within the town is located the village of Tully, a separate municipality.


  • Assembly Park – a hamlet by the south town line, on the east side of Tully lake.
  • Crooked Lake – a lake in the south part of the town, northwest of Tully Lake.
  • Green Lake, a lake southwest of Tully Center.
  • Tully Center – a hamlet west of Tully village by Interstate 81 by the its junction with NY-80 and NY-11A.
  • Tully Farms – a location in the north of Tully Center on NY-11A.
  • Tully Lake – a lake at the south town line that is the source of the west branch of the Tioughnioga River.
  • Tully Lake Park – a hamlet on the west side of Tully Lake.
  • Vesper – a hamlet in the west part of the town on NY Route 80.

Notable people

  • Irving Gill, architect
  • Lopez Lomong, US Olympian and carrier of the American flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Arthur C. Sidman, playwright and actor interred at Tully Cemetery.
  • Charles H. Walker, Wisconsin jurist and legislator
  • Lyman Walker, Wisconsin lawyer and legislator
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