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Unadilla, New York
Unadilla, Otsego County, New York
Unadilla, Otsego County, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Otsego
Settled 1770
Established 1792
 • Total 46.6 sq mi (120.8 km2)
 • Land 46.4 sq mi (120.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)  0.51%
1,467 ft (447 m)
 • Total 4,392
 • Density 94.25/sq mi (36.358/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 607
FIPS code 36-76012
GNIS feature ID 0979571
Website Unadilla Chamber of Commerce

Unadilla is a town located in Otsego County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 4,392. The name is derived from an Iroquois word for "meeting place". The Town of Unadilla is located in the southwest corner of the county, southwest of the City of Oneonta. The Village of Unadilla is located in the southern part of the town.


Railroad Station, So. Unadilla
Depot in Unadilla, 1870

The first settlement occurred around 1770 in the area of Sidney (in adjacent Delaware County), followed by Unadilla. Both Sidney and Unadilla were destroyed during the American Revolution and were re-established after the war. The town was formed from part of the Town of Otsego in 1792. Later the size of the town was reduced by the formation of new towns: Butternuts, Milford, and Oneonta in 1796, Otego (town), New York in 1822, and an addition to Butternuts in 1857. In 1827, the community of Unadilla set itself off from the town by incorporating as a village.

The Unadilla Waterworks, Russ-Johnsen Site, and Andrew Mann Inn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Notable residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.6 square miles (120.8 km²), of which, 46.4 square miles (120.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.51%) is water. This includes the artificially created Buck Horn Lake.

New York State Route 7 intersects New York State Route 8 by Riverside. Interstate 88 passes briefly through the town at Unadilla village. The Unadilla River flows into the Susquehanna River at the southwest corner of the town, west of Riverside.

The Unadilla town lines


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,194
1830 2,313 5.4%
1840 2,272 −1.8%
1850 2,463 8.4%
1860 2,702 9.7%
1870 2,555 −5.4%
1880 2,523 −1.3%
1890 2,723 7.9%
1900 2,601 −4.5%
1910 2,376 −8.7%
1920 2,395 0.8%
1930 2,276 −5.0%
1940 2,277 0.0%
1950 2,689 18.1%
1960 3,649 35.7%
1970 3,863 5.9%
1980 4,020 4.1%
1990 4,343 8.0%
2000 4,548 4.7%
2010 4,392 −3.4%
Est. 2014 4,289 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,548 people, 1,810 households, and 1,272 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.0 people per square mile (37.8/km²). There were 2,101 housing units at an average density of 45.3 per square mile (17.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.14% White, 0.86% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 1,810 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,619, and the median income for a family was $40,556. Males had a median income of $29,817 versus $21,732 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,908. About 9.6% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Unadilla

  • Buckhorn Lake – A lake in the southeast part of Unadilla.
  • Buckley Corners – A location near the north town line, west of Unadilla Center.
  • Hughston Corner – A hamlet on the north town line.
  • Riverside – A hamlet on NY-7 at the Susquehanna River, opposite the Sidney, New York.
  • Rockdale – A location near the Unadilla River on NY-8, mostly in Chenango County.
  • Rogers Hollow – A valley in the western part of the town.
  • Sand Hill – A location near the east town line, located on Sand Creek and County Route 3A.
  • South Unadilla – A hamlet southwest of Unadilla village.
  • Unadilla – The Village of Unadilla is located at the south town line on NY-7 at the Susquehanna River.
  • Unadilla Center – A hamlet on County Route 3A in the north part of the town.
  • Wells Bridge – A hamlet in the southeast corner of Unadilla on NY-7.
  • Youmans Corners – A location near the east town line, on County Route 4.
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