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Whitestown, New York
Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Oneida
 • Total 27.2 sq mi (70.4 km2)
 • Land 27.2 sq mi (70.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 453 ft (138 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,667
 • Density 686.3/sq mi (265.16/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13492
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-81754
GNIS feature ID 0979638

Whitestown is a town in Oneida County, New York, USA. The population was 18,667 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from Judge Hugh White, an early settler.

The Town of Whitestown is immediately west of Utica, New York. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) passes across the town.


The town, part of the Sadaquada Patent, was settled in 1784. The Town of Whitestown was formed in 1788, before the creation of Oneida County, with a size of 12 million acres (49,000 km²). Whitestown was founded by Hugh White after he scouted the land in 1784 by way of traveling the Mohawk River. On June 5, 1784, White and his family came upon the mouth of the Sauquoit Creek and settled in the forests that would become Whitestown. White was also the forerunner for the creation of Oneida County, NY in the 1790s.

It is known as the "Mother of Towns" because of the many towns and counties formed from its expanse. The Town of Paris and the Town of Steuben were formed from Whitestown in 1792. The Town of Cazenovia was formed in 1793. The Town of Augusta was formed in 1798. Utica was formed in 1817. The Town of New Hartford was formed from Whitestown in 1827.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.2 square miles (70 km2), of which, 27.2 square miles (70 km2) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

The town is west of the City of Utica and the north border is defined by the Mohawk River.

Oriskany Creek flows northward through the town to the Mohawk River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 4,212
1810 4,912 16.6%
1820 5,219 6.3%
1830 4,419 −15.3%
1840 5,156 16.7%
1850 5,820 12.9%
1860 4,367 −25.0%
1870 4,339 −0.6%
1880 4,498 3.7%
1890 5,155 14.6%
1900 6,235 21.0%
1910 7,798 25.1%
1920 10,183 30.6%
1930 11,818 16.1%
1940 11,580 −2.0%
1950 12,686 9.6%
1960 19,185 51.2%
1970 21,382 11.5%
1980 20,150 −5.8%
1990 18,985 −5.8%
2000 18,635 −1.8%
2010 18,667 0.2%
Est. 2014 18,610 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 18,635 people, 7,544 households, and 5,024 families residing in the town. The population density was 685.2 people per square mile (264.5/km²). There were 7,945 housing units at an average density of 292.1 per square mile (112.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.27% White, 1.18% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 7,544 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,084, and the median income for a family was $49,798. Males had a median income of $36,553 versus $24,942 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,507. About 7.0% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Places of Interest

  • Mohawk Airlines, until its dissolution, had its headquarters on the grounds of Oneida County Airport in Whitestown.
  • Summit Park, A theme park located in Oriskany, New York. It had rides, circuses, and animals; but once people had greater means to travel to other theme parks, like Sylvan Beach; the park closed in 1926.

Communities and locations in Whitestown

Villages of Whitestown

Below are the villages and hamlets of Whitestown.

  • Oriskany – The Village of Oriskany is near the north town line.
  • New York Mills – The Village of New York Mills is southeast of Yorkville, adjacent to Utica.
  • Whitesboro – The Village Whitesboro is in the eastern part of the town, south of the Thruway.
  • Yorkville – The Village of Yorkville, located on Route 5A, lies between Utica and Whitesboro.
  • Walesville – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
  • Coleman Mills – A hamlet south of Oriskany and north of the Thruway.
  • Dunham Manor – A location south of Whitesboro.
  • Glenhaven – A location by the south town line.
  • Herthum Heights – A location northwest of Whitesboro.
  • Sunset Manor – A location northwest of Whitesboro.
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