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Geneva, New York

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Geneva is a city located in Ontario County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,617. It is named after the city and canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

The City of Geneva is located by the eastern border of the county and is inside the Town of Geneva on US Route 20.

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History

The site was originally the Seneca Native American village of Kanadasaga. That village was abandoned following its destruction by the punitive Sullivan Expedition of 1779, but resettled by Europeans around 1793 as a town developed by the Pulteney Association. The city was incorporated in 1806, formally separating it from the surrounding area of Geneva Town.

Geography

Geneva lies at the northern end of the Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region, the largest wine producing area in New York State. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 km² (5.8 mi²). 11.0 km² (4.3 mi²) of it is land and 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 27.18% water.

Notable natives

  • Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to become qualified as a medical doctor in the United States studied here, graduating from the medical school at what was then Geneva College in 1849.

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Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 13,617 people, 5,014 households, and 2,933 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,234.2/km² (3,199.5/mi²). There are 5,564 housing units at an average density of 504.3/km² (1,307.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 81.52% White, 10.22% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 3.34% from two or more races. 8.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,014 households out of which 29.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% are married couples living together, 15.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% are non-families. 34.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 3.03.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 18.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,600, and the median income for a family is $41,224. Males have a median income of $31,315 versus $23,054 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,609. 17.5% of the population and 13.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 27.2% of those under the age of 18 and 7.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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