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Richmond, New York

Richmond is a town in Ontario County, New York, United States. The population was 3,452 at the 2000 census. The town is on the western border of the county, south of Rochester.


Richmond was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. The area was first settled around 1790. The town was established in 1796 as "Pittstown," but was later renamed "Honeoye." In 1815, the name was changed to "Richmond." More territory was added to Richmond from the Town of Canadice in 1836. Parts of the Towns of Bristol and South Bristol were added to Richmond in 1848, but were returned to the source towns in 1852.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.3 square miles (114.8 km²), of which, 42.4 square miles (109.9 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²) of it (4.29%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Livingston County. Most of Honeoye Lake, one of the minor Finger Lakes, is inside the town. Honeoye Creek, the lake's outlet, flows northward through the town.

US 20A crosses the town.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,452 people, 1,315 households, and 973 families residing in the town. The population density was 81.4 people per square mile (31.4/km²). There were 1,723 housing units at an average density of 40.6/sq mi (15.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.61% White, 0.06% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.35% Asian, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 1,315 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,536, and the median income for a family was $54,306. Males had a median income of $36,114 versus $26,461 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,808. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


Richmond operates under a typical New York State municipal government. It has a legislative branch of five town council members, one being the town supervisor, and a judicial branch consisting of two justices. The center of all town government functions is at the Richmond town hall. The town hall is located on Main St. (US Route 20A) in the hamlet of Honeoye.

Each town council member is elected to serve a four year term, with the exception of the town supervisor who serves a two year term. As of January 2008, the town board members for the town of Richmond are:

  • Supervisor- Ralph Angelo (R)
  • Town Council member- Daryl Marshall (Deputy Supervisor) (R)
  • Town Council member- Stephen A. Barnhoorn (R)
  • Town Council member- Tom Gendreau (R)
  • Town Council member- John Luther (R)

The town clerk is elected to serve a two year term. As of January 2008, the Town Clerk for the town of Richmond is:

  • Michel Lyn Knight (D)

Town justices are elected to serve a two year term. As of January 2008, the justices for the town of Richmond are:

  • Edward Loux (D)
  • Glenn Schreiber (R)

The highway superintendent is elected to serve a two year term. As of January 2008, the Town Highway Superintendent for the town of Richmond is:

  • Tom Fleig (R)

Communities and locations in Richmond

  • Allens Hill -- A hamlet in the northeast part of the town on County Road 40 (Allens Hill Road). It is named after early settlers of the Allen family who arrived around 1797.
  • Curtis Corner -- A hamlet in the western part of the town on US-20A.
  • Denison Corner -- A hamlet in the northwest part of the town. It is named after early settler Asa Denison, who arrived in 1795.
  • Frost Hollow -- A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Honeoye -- A hamlet north of Honeoye Lake on US-20A and Honeoye Creek.
  • Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area -- A conservation area in the northwest of the town.
  • Honeoye Park -- A hamlet on the east side of Honeoye Lake.
  • Richmond Center -- A hamlet north of Honeoye, near the center of the town on County Road 37.
  • Richmond Mills -- A location near Denison Corner in the northwestern part of the town.
  • Willow Beach -- A hamlet south of Honeoye Park on the east shore of Honeoye Lake.


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