Otselic, New York

Otselic is a town in Chenango County, New York, United States. The population was 1,001 at the 2000 census. The town is named after a river flowing through it, the Otselic, which is an Oneida word for "place of wild plums."

The Town of Otselic lies on the north border of Chenango County and is northwest of the City of Norwich.


The first settler arrived around 1800. The Town of Otselic was founded in 1817 from part of the Town of German.

The year 1833 was notable for a hurricane that passed over the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.0 square miles (98.5 km²), of which, 38.0 square miles (98.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Madison County.

The Otselic River (sometimes "Otselic Creek") runs through the town and later flows into the Tioughnioga River.

New York State Route 26 intersects New York State Route 80 at Otselic hamlet.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,001 people, 356 households, and 259 families residing in the town. The population density was 26.3 people per square mile (10.2/km²). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 12.7/sq mi (4.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.70% White, 0.50% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.40% of the population.

There were 356 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 19.9% 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 2.81 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,308, and the median income for a family was $34,886. Males had a median income of $30,298 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,105. About 11.2% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Otselic

  • Beaver Meadow -- A hamlet in the southeast part of the town, located on County Road 16. The name is derived from low-lying ground often flooded due to beaver dams.
  • Otselic -- The hamlet of Otselic is near the north town line at the junction of NY Route 26 and NY Route 80. The Otselic River passes close to the community.
  • Otselic Center -- A hamlet between Otselic village and Seventh Day Hollow on NY-26.
  • Rhode Island -- A location by the west town line.
  • Seventh Day Hollow -- A hamlet northeast of South Otselic on NY-26.
  • South Otselic -- A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town on NY-26 and the Otselic River at the junction with County Road 13
  • South Otselic State Fish Hatchery -- A fish hatchery south of South Otselic.
  • Stanbro -- A hamlet northwest of Beaver Meadow.
  • Upper Beaver Meadow -- A former location north of Beaver Meadow.


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