Port Byron, New York

Port Byron is a village in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,290 at the 2010 census.[2] It is in the town of Mentz north of Auburn.

Port Byron, New York
Port Byron is located in New York
Port Byron
Port Byron
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°2′N 76°38′W / 43.033°N 76.633°W / 43.033; -76.633Coordinates: 43°2′N 76°38′W / 43.033°N 76.633°W / 43.033; -76.633
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Land0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
407 ft (124 m)
 • Total1,290
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,300/sq mi (490/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-59212
GNIS feature ID0960960

The local school is the Port Byron Central School District. Byron, a small town located in central New York, was named after Port Byron, the name being suggested by George W. Van Dusen, a grain dealer who was formerly from Port Byron.[3]


Settlers began arriving around 1797. Originally known as "King's Settlement", then Bucksville, finally, the name was changed to Port Byron in 1825 as it became a port on the Erie Canal. It has been suggested that the new name may have been chosen in reference to Lord Byron, the English romantic poet who had died the previous year, however there is no definitive proof of this.[4] Later, when the canal route was changed in 1856, the village was a railroad town. The village was incorporated in 1837.

The Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[5]

Residents of noteEdit

There are a number of people who can trace their roots back to Port Byron or who settled here for a while. Before he was a leader of the Mormon faith, Brigham Young lived here in the early 1830s. He was a painter and builder. One of the early buildings he lived in still exists on Pine Street. Henry Wells of "Wells and Fargo" fame also lived here in the early 1830s. We can trace Isaac Singer of sewing machine fame here in 1837, when he was better known for his acting than his machinery skills. Sculptor Byron Pickett lived here in the 1840s, and his family is buried in the local cemetery. Clara Barrus trained in Boston to become a doctor. She is better known as the aid and biographer of naturalist John Burroughs. She also wrote a book about her childhood, titled A Life Unveiled, written under the name "A Child of the Drumlins". Actress Kittie Rhoades was raised here, and she kept a summer house nearby. She is buried in the local cemetery. Opera singer Richard Bonelli was born here as Jacob Bunn. Physicist Dr. Francis Eugene Nipher, a professor at Washington University, St. Louis, is well known for his early work on the effect of electrical charges on attractive and repulsive forces.


Port Byron is located at 43°2′N 76°38′W / 43.033°N 76.633°W / 43.033; -76.633 (43.0368, -76.6254).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.61 km2), of which 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2) is land and 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 2.91%, is water.[2]

The village is at the junction of Routes 31 and 38. The New York State Thruway passes through the northwest corner of the village but with no direct access. The Owasco Outlet flows northward from Owasco Lake to the Seneca River through the village. It provided substantial water power to the early village.


Census Pop.
Est. 20161,231[1]−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,297 people, 501 households, and 350 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,287.7 people per square mile (495.8/km2). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 523.2 per square mile (201.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.22% White, 1.54% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

There were 501 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,625, and the median income for a family was $37,054. Males had a median income of $30,875 versus $20,404 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,741. About 11.0% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Port Byron village, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  3. ^ Lowthian, R. (2006). Road Biking Minnesota: A Guide to the Greatest Bike Rides in Minnesota. Globe Pequot Press. p. 32. ISBN 9780762738014. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  4. ^ "Lock 52 Historical Society of Port Byron | Historical Society of Port Byron New York". www.portbyronhistorical.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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