Location of New York in the United States
|o Town Supervisor||see Town of Hamilton, NY Website|
|o Town Council|
|o Total||41.48 sq mi (107.44 km2)|
|o Land||41.37 sq mi (107.14 km2)|
|o Water||0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||156.65/sq mi (60.48/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
The location was formerly called Payne's Corners. The Town of Hamilton was established in 1795, before the county was formed, from the Town of Paris in Oneida County, New York. The original town was reduced to create new towns in the county.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.4 square miles (107.3 km²), of which 41.4 square miles (107.1 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km²) (0.19%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,733 people, 1,546 households, and 935 families residing in the town. The population density was 138.6 people per square mile (53.5/km²). There were 1,725 housing units at an average density of 41.7 per square mile (16.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.65% White, 1.99% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population.
There were 1,546 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the town, the population was spread out with 15.7% under the age of 18, 40.8% from 18 to 24, 16.8% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,917, and the median income for a family was $50,565. Males had a median income of $31,500 versus $26,643 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,564. About 5.1% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.