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Geddes, New York

Geddes is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 17,740 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Geddes is west of the neighborhood of Far Westside of Syracuse. The town is a western suburb of Syracuse.


The town was formed from the Town of Salina in 1848. It is named after James Geddes, a prominent early settler who settled at the head of Onondaga Lake in 1794 and developed the salt industry.

There also was an Old Geddes Village which included part of the west side of Syracuse and Tipperary Hill, the village square being located near St. Mark's Circle. The Village of Geddes (incorporated in 1832 and 1837) was annexed to the City of Syracuse on May 20, 1886 with a population of nearly 7,000. Today the Town of Geddes still includes the Village of Solvay, which operates independently, and the hamlets of Westvale and Lakeland.

Geddes is the youngest town in Onondaga County.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.6 km²), of which, 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) of it (24.28%) is water.

Geddes is on the west shore of Onondaga Lake.

Interstate 690 intersects both New York State Route 695 and Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) in Geddes. New York State Route 5, West Genesee Street, is an east-west highway in the town. New York State Route 297 is a short north-south highway.


As of the census of 2000, there were 17,740 people, 7,262 households, and 4,807 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,920.3 people per square mile (741.3/km²). There were 7,620 housing units at an average density of 824.8/sq mi (318.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.06% White, 0.48% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 7,262 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,852, and the median income for a family was $51,609. Males had a median income of $40,688 versus $26,575 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,986. About 6.7% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.9% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Geddes

  • Lakeland -- A hamlet in the northwest part of Geddes.
  • Lakeside -- A location north of Lakeland.
  • Lindbergh Lawns -- A location in the northern part of the town.
  • Solvay -- The Village of Solvay is in the southeast part of Geddes.
  • Westvale -- A hamlet south of Solvay.


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