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Webster
Motto(s): 
Where Life Is Worth Living
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
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Established February 6, 1840; 182 years ago (1840-02-06)
Area
 • Total 35.24 sq mi (91.27 km2)
 • Land 33.53 sq mi (86.85 km2)
 • Water 1.71 sq mi (4.42 km2)
Elevation
442 ft (135 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 42,641
 • Estimate 
(2018)
44,878
 • Density 1,334.38/sq mi (515.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
14580
Area code(s) 585
FIPS code 36-055-78971

Webster is a town in the northeastern corner of Monroe County, New York, United States. The town is named after orator and statesman Daniel Webster. The population was 42,641 at the 2010 census. The town's motto is "Where Life Is Worth Living." The town contains a village also named Webster.

Geography

The town of Webster is bordered on the north by Lake Ontario, on the east by Wayne County, on the west by Irondequoit Bay and the town of Irondequoit, and on the south by the town of Penfield.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.5 square miles (91.9 km2), of which 34.0 square miles (88.2 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2) (4.09%) is water.

Webster Park covers 550 acres of the town's land along the Lake Ontario waterfront.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,235
1850 2,446 9.4%
1860 2,650 8.3%
1870 2,749 3.7%
1880 2,950 7.3%
1890 3,139 6.4%
1900 3,299 5.1%
1910 3,755 13.8%
1920 3,976 5.9%
1930 4,778 20.2%
1940 5,520 15.5%
1950 7,174 30.0%
1960 16,434 129.1%
1970 24,739 50.5%
1980 28,925 16.9%
1990 31,639 9.4%
2000 37,926 19.9%
2010 42,641 12.4%
2018 (est.) 44,878 5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,641 people, 17,973 households, and 10,679 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,271.7 people per square mile (789.4/km2). There were 15,218 housing units at an average density of 447.1 per square mile (172.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.2% White, 2.3% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.4%, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

Among the 17,973 households, 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $58,746, and the median income for a family was $79,225. Males had a median income of $50,263 versus $33,197 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,791. About 2.5% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

History

On July 25, 1837, orator and statesman Daniel Webster spoke to a gathering of Whigs in nearby Rochester about the economy. Whig farmers from North Penfield, who were part of Webster's audience, were so impressed by his eloquence that when they petitioned the state legislature for separate town status from Penfield, they chose to name it in his honor. On February 6, 1840, the northern part of Penfield was officially established as the town of Webster with a population of 2,235. Webster has its own museum dedicated to sharing the town's history with its citizens. The museum has many permanent historical displays, and also features changing displays for different times of the year.

Communities and locations in the Town of Webster

  • Avalon Estates – A neighborhood development located off Phillips Rd.
  • Forest Lawn – A neighborhood in the northwest part of the town, on the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Glen Edith – A location on the west side of the town, on the shore of Irondequoit Bay.
  • Oakmonte – A large neighborhood in the central-southern part of the town consisting of private homes, apartments, and townhomes.
  • Union Hill – A hamlet on the Wayne County line at the intersection of NY-404 and Ridge Road.
  • Webster (village), New York, located in the center of the town
  • West Webster – A hamlet at the intersection of Ridge and Gravel Road.
  • Dunn, Esther. Webster Through the Years. Webster, NY: Webster Town Board, 1971.


Sports community

On May 15, 2005, Webster was awarded the title of "Number 1 Sportstown in New York" by Sports Illustrated. SI Publisher David Morris said that "Webster's commitment to finding creative and resourceful ways to enhance sports for the well-being of its community fits perfectly with the principles of our Sportstown program, as well as the overall mission of our anniversary celebration."

Webster is part of the section V (Five) New York State Public High School Athletic Association along with the rest of Monroe County, Wayne, Livingston, Yates, Seneca, Steuben, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans and Allegany.

The Webster Schroeder High School football team has won three New York State Championships in Class AA (a designation based on number of students). At one point, they had a winning streak of 31 games. In the USA Today High School football Super 25, Schroeder was, at one time, ranked #21 in the nation. At least five Webster players have gone on to play Division 1 college football at Syracuse, Michigan and Colgate, among others.

In March 2008, the Webster Thomas High School hockey team, in only its sixth year of competition, won the New York State Championship in Division II, beating Thousand Islands by a score of 5-2. The Webster Thomas soccer team also has won the sectional title 3 years in a row and went on to the state finals in 2007. The soccer team has produced two division 1 soccer athletes both attending Colgate University. The men's lacrosse team won a sectional title in 2009 and has produced many division 1 athletes under Coach Rob Ruller. The women's Lacrosse team has also won a section V title in 2007.

Webster's sports facilities include two lighted stadiums, a hockey/soccer complex, an indoor track and an Olympic-size indoor pool.

Webster has several sports clubs including the Webster Cyclones (youth hockey), Webster Lacrosse Club, and Webster Soccer Association. The annual Webster Lakefront Classic, run by the Webster Soccer Association, is one of the largest soccer tournaments in the Greater Rochester area and takes place annually on Father's Day weekend.

Webster, New York town hall
Webster town hall

Webster is also home to a summer collegiate wood bat team, the Lake Ontario Ridgemen. The Ridgemen play in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Their home games are played at Basket Road Stadium. The Ridgemen are run by an organization called Athletes in Action.

In 2014, the Webster Schroeder hockey team won the NYSPHSAA State Championship, beating Beekmantown by a score of 2–0.

Education

Webster's public schools are under the direction of the Webster Central School District (K-12). While all of its middle schools (Spry, Willink) and high schools (Thomas, Schroeder) are situated in the Town of Webster, only five of its seven elementary schools (DeWitt Road, Klem North, Klem South, Schlegel Road, State Road) are.

Additionally, there are several privately run schools:

  • Hillside Children's Center Halpern Education Center (grades 6–12), secular
  • Lakeside Alpha (grades 3–12), Christian Brethren
  • Rochester Christian School (grades pre-K–8), Calvinist
  • St. Rita School (grades pre-K–6), operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
  • Webster Christian School (grades pre-K–12), non-denominational Christian
  • Webster Early Learning Center (grades pre-K–1), secular
  • Webster Montessori School (elementary), ¾ mile south of the town line in Penfield, serves students in the Webster school district

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