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Independence, New York

Independence is a town located in Allegany County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,074.

Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 89.3 km² (34.5 mi²). 89.3 km² (34.5 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 1,074 people, 400 households, and 301 families residing in the town. The population density is 12.0/km² (31.2/mi²). There are 487 housing units at an average density of 5.5/km² (14.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 98.98% White, 0.37% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 400 households out of which 35.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% are married couples living together, 10.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% are non-families. 20.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the town the population is spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $33,438, and the median income for a family is $36,050. Males have a median income of $27,961 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,109. 13.3% of the population and 11.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.8% are under the age of 18 and 8.0% are 65 or older.

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