is a town
in Otsego County
, New York
, United States
. The population was 2,207 at the 2000 census.
The Town of Worcester is on the southeast border of the county and is northeast of Oneonta.
Worcester Central School presently has 460 students enrolled in grades K-12. WCS web site
Settlement began on Schenevus Creek around 1788.
The town was established from part of the Town of Cherry Valley in 1797. In 1808, the Towns of Decatur, Maryland, and Westford were formed from part of Worcester.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of 46.9 square miles
), of which, 46.7 square miles (121.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.
Interstate 88 passes through the central part of the town, following the same course as New York State Route 7. Both highways follow the course of Schenevus Creek across the town.
The south town line is the border of Delaware County and Schoharie County.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,207 people, 911 households, and 600 families residing in the town. The population density
was 47.2 people per square mile (18.2/km²). There were 1,201 housing units at an average density of 25.7/sq mi (9.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.46% White
, 0.59% African American
, 0.50% Native American
, 0.23% Asian
, 0.23% from other races
, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.95% of the population.
There were 911 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,506, and the median income for a family was $35,903. Males had a median income of $28,102 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,752. About 7.4% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Worcester
- Barton Corners -- A hamlet near the south town line, northeast of South Worcester.
- Brighton -- A location east of Worcester hamlet.
- Calcutta -- A location north of East Worcester on County Route 38.
- Caryls Lake -- A small lake west on a hill northeast of Worcester hamlet; former water supply.
- East Worcester -- A hamlet in the eastern part of Worcester on NY-7.
- Hudson Lake -- A small lake south of Schenevus Creek.
- Pine Mountain -- An elevation in the northeast corner of Worcester.
- South Hill An elevation in the west-central part of Worcester.
- South Worcester -- A hamlet at the south town line on County Route 39 and Charlotte Creek.
- Tuscan -- A location west of Worcester hamlet.
- Worcester -- The hamlet of Worcester is located on NY-7 and Schenevus Creek in the western part of the town.
- Snob's Knob -- Off Main St, the hill where the "affluent" residents live.