The Town of Dickinson is on the western border of the county and is southwest of the Village of Malone.
The Town of Dickinson was formed from the Town of Malone in the year 1809. In 1812, part of Dickinson was used to form the Town of Bangor. The creation of the Town of Moira in 1828 cost Dickinson more territory. When the Town of Waverly was established in 1880, additional territory was lost.
In 1843, conversions to the Mormon religion and migration westward occurred in the town due to relatives of a Mormon Apostle living there.
The west town line is the border of St. Lawrence County.
New York State Route 11B is an east-west highway.
There were 293 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 107.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,711, and the median income for a family was $34,875. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $22,039 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,701. About 11.2% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.1% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.