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West Bloomfield, New York
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Total||25.50 sq mi (66.05 km2)|
|• Land||25.46 sq mi (65.94 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||965 ft (294 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||98.54/sq mi (38.05/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
14585 (W. Bloomfield) & 14475 (Ionia)
|GNIS feature ID||0979618|
The town is within the historic homeland of the Seneca Nation, and tradition holds that three of the tribe's villages were located in the town. As such, during the spring season when much of the towns farmland is being plowed, it is not uncommon to find arrowheads and other artifacts.The first Europeans to visit the area were members of the Jesuits in the 17th Century during their westward quests.
Settlement began around 1789 and the Town of West Bloomfield was officially established in 1833 from part of the Town of Bloomfield.
The West Bloomfield Congregational Church was founded in 1799. The Congregation would meet on top of a hill that would later (in 1806, current building erected in 1875) be home to the actual church building.
The town was home to the Batavia Branch Rail Line, or "Peanut Line", of the New York Central Railroad, which brought much prosperity and business to the town for almost a century. Built in 1853, it was a spur line between the rail hubs of Batavia and Canandaigua with stops in both the town itself and its hamlet of Ionia, there was also a trestle constructed on the eastern side of the town that spans the gap now occupied by NY-64 just before entering the Town of East Bloomfield. The line provided daily freight and passenger service, with connections to larger stations, and served as an integral part of the towns development. Service was discontinued in 1939, as ridership had fallen due to the usage of the automobile, and the railroad (experiencing its own financial troubles) was not making enough on freight to justify the cost.
The Ontario and Livingston Mutual Insurance Office and John and Mary Dickson House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.5 square miles (66 km2), of which, 25.5 square miles (66 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.16%) is water.
West Bloomfield is the second smallest town in the county by area.
Conjoined US Route 20 and New York State Route 5 cross the town. New York State Route 64 is by the east town line, and New York State Route 65 is in the northwest corner of West Bloomfield.
The town sits on the southern edge of the Hopper Hills and the northern edge of the Bristol Hills, and features many high points with breathtaking views of the Finger Lakes Region (particularly Honeoye & Canandaigua lake areas)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,549 people, 1,013 households, and 729 families residing in the town. The population density was 99.9 people per square mile (38.6/km2). There were 1,049 housing units at an average density of 41.1 per square mile (15.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.27% White, 0.43% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.
There were 1,013 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $43,347, and the median income for a family was $52,206. Males had a median income of $37,340 versus $26,410 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,309. About 1.9% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in West Bloomfield
- Bush Corner – A hamlet east of West Bloomfield village on US-20.
- Factory Hollow – A historic location.
- Ionia – A hamlet on NY-64 in the northeast part of the town.
- Millers Corners – A historic location also known as "Taylorville," was in the northeast part of West Bloomfield. It would later be renamed "Taylorsville: and then, finally, "Ionia".
- North Bloomfield – A hamlet at the west town line, northwest of West Bloomfield village is on NY-65.
- West Bloomfield – The hamlet of West Bloomfield on US-20/NY-5.
- West Bloomfield Station – A historic location.
- Joseph H. Bottum, former South Dakota State Senator
- John Dickson, former US Congressman
- Anna Gertrude Hall, author and librarian
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