Salina, New York

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Salina is a town located in Onondaga County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 33,290.

The Town of Salina is northwest of Syracuse, New York, at the crossroads of Interstate 81 and Interstate 90.



It was not until the late 1840's that Salina was reduced to its present size. The original Village of Salina stretched around Onondaga Lake, incorporating part of what is now the Town of Geddes and much of what today is the City of Syracuse. The early history of Salina is actually the history of the area around Onondaga Lake and the salt industry. Salina received its name in 1797, when the Surveyor General received authority to set aside a portion of the Salt Reservation for use in salt manufacture. The Salt Reservation had been created by a treaty with the Native Americans. It extended one mile around Onondaga Lake. In 1798, the Village of Salina was chartered. It was located in what is now the first ward of the City of Syracuse, and continued sixteen blocks. Each block was divided into four house lots, selling according to law, for no less than forty dollars. The area now known as the Town of Salina was still part of the Townships of Manlius and Marcellus. In March 1809, the Town of Salina was organized. It included the areas known as Geddes, part of Manlius and the City of Syracuse.

By 1846, it was apparent that Syracuse would soon become a city. The townspeople of Salina and Syracuse began discussing a proposed charter, which would unity the two villages. In December 1847, the act of incorporation was passed, which defined the area as "constituting a part of the Town of Salina and incorporation the Village of Salina and Syracuse." This act reduced the Town of Salina to its present boundaries.

Today, Salina consists of five small suburban communities which are known as Mattydale, Liverpool, Lyncourt, Galeville and a portion of North Syracuse.

Part of the massive DestiNY USA complex is planned to be constructed in Salina.


The town is on the north shore of Onondaga Lake.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.1 km² (15.1 mi²). 35.7 km² (13.8 mi²) of it is land and 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 8.74% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 33,290 people, 14,401 households, and 8,871 families residing in the town. The population density is 932.8/km² (2,415.7/mi²). There are 14,979 housing units at an average density of 419.7/km² (1,086.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 93.87% White, 2.16% African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. 1.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 14,401 households out of which 26.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% are non-families. 31.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the town the population is spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $40,500, and the median income for a family is $49,394. Males have a median income of $36,444 versus $27,179 for females. The per capita income for the town is $21,839. 7.4% of the population and 5.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.2% of those under the age of 18 and 4.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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