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Webster
Town
Motto: Where Life Is Worth Living
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Elevation 442 ft (134.7 m)
Coordinates 43°12′32″N 77°27′34″W / 43.20889°N 77.45944°W / 43.20889; -77.45944
Area 35.5 sq mi (91.9 km²)
 - land 34.0 sq mi (88 km²)
 - water 1.5 sq mi (4 km²), 4.23%
Population 42,641 (2010)
Density 1,271 /sq mi (490.7358435 /km²)
Established 1840
Town Supervisor Ronald W. Nesbitt (R; 2006-present)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14580
Area code 585
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

Webster is a town in the northeast 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%
Est. 2014 43,892 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 37,926 people, 14,750 households, and 10,679 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,114.2 people per square mile (430.2/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 94.99% White, 1.10% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.95% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

Among the 14,750 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 26.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% 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 $69,629. 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 3.9% 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.

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