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Canastota, New York

Canastota, New York
Judge Nathan Roberts House on NYS Route 5
Judge Nathan Roberts House on NYS Route 5
Canastota, New York is located in New York
Canastota, New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Madison
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 430 ft (131 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,084
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13032
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-12188
GNIS feature ID 0945755

Canastota is a village located inside the Town of Lenox in Madison County, New York, United States. The population was 4,084 at the 2010 census.

The village of Canastota is in the south part of the Town of Lenox. Canastota High School is located in the village.


  • History 1
    • National Register of Historic Places 1.1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Kniste Stota was the historic name of the village, a term used by the local Oneida Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, meaning "cluster of pines near still waters". The village recently celebrated the bicentennial of its settlement by European-Americans. One early historic property is the Judge Nathan S. Roberts House, which dates to about 1820.[1] Canastota is well known as an "onion growing" town that at one point was a large portion of income in the village.

The village was incorporated in 1835, but was reorganized in 1870. Located along the banks of the Erie Canal, which was completed through the Mohawk River valley by 1825, Canastota was a vibrant trading and commerce town during the mid-nineteenth century for a wide agricultural area. When the canal was superseded by construction of railroads, and later the New York Thruway, some canal towns were cut off from the main lines of commerce.

Canastota is home of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Having produced two world champions in Carmen Basilio and Billy Backus, Canastota was a natural choice as a site for the museum and outdoor stage. The museum is located a short distance from the New York State Thruway.

Each second weekend in June, Canastota has hosted numerous past and current champions, including Joe Frazier. A Sunday parade and an induction ceremony is held to honor past and current Hall of Fame inductees.

National Register of Historic Places

The following sites and historic districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

[3] Name on the Register Image Date listed[4] Location City or town Description
1 Canal Town Museum
Canal Town Museum
May 23, 1986
122 Canal St.
2 Canastota Methodist Church
Canastota Methodist Church
May 23, 1986
Main and New Boston Sts.
3 Canastota Public Library
May 23, 1986
102 W. Center St.
4 House at 107 Stroud Street
May 23, 1986
107 Stroud St.
5 House at 115 South Main Street
May 23, 1986
115 S. Main St.
6 House at 205 North Main Street
May 23, 1986
205 N. Main St.
7 House at 233 James Street
May 23, 1986
233 James St.
8 House at 313 North Main Street
May 23, 1986
313 N. Main St.
9 House at 326 North Peterboro Street
May 23, 1986
326 N. Peterboro St.
10 House at 328 North Peterboro Street
May 23, 1986
328 N. Peterboro St.
11 Peterboro Street Elementary School
Peterboro Street Elementary School
May 23, 1986
220 N. Peterboro St.
12 Judge Nathan S. Roberts House
Judge Nathan S. Roberts House
May 23, 1986
W. Seneca Ave.
13 South Peterboro Street Commercial Historic District
South Peterboro Street Commercial Historic District
May 23, 1986
Roughly bounded by NY 76, Diamond St., Penn Central RR tracks, and Commerce Ave.
14 South Peterboro Street Residential Historic District
May 23, 1986
S. Peterboro St. between Terrace and Rasbach Sts.
15 United Church of Canastota
United Church of Canastota
May 23, 1986
144 W. Center St.
16 US Post Office-Canastota
November 17, 1988
118 S. Peterboro St.


Canastota is located at (43.080909, -75.753747).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 4,425 people, 1,872 households, and 1,173 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,332.3 people per square mile (514.6/km²). There were 1,994 housing units at an average density of 600.3 per square mile (231.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.31% White, 0.93% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 1,872 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $34,155, and the median income for a family was $43,049. Males had a median income of $31,296 versus $24,047 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,324. About 10.0% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 19.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people


  1. ^ Naomi I. Klein (July 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Judge Nathan S. Roberts House".  
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined , differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Village of Canastota, New York
  • Canastota Public Library Digital Collection on New York Heritage
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Canastota Little League
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