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Lima, New York

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Lima /ˈlaɪmə/, the name is a shibboleth is a town in Livingston County, New York, US The population was 4,305 at the 2010 census3

The town of Lima is in the northeast part of the county, south of Rochester The village of Lima is located within the town


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Demographics
  • 5 Communities and locations in the Town of Lima
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The town of Lima was organized in 1789 before Livingston County was established as the "Town of Charleston," but was renamed "Lima" in 1808 to reflect that many residents had come from Old Lyme, Connecticut and to avoid confusion with Charleston, New York

The Genesee Wesleyan Seminary 1830 / Genesee College 1849 in Lima village was one of the first co-educational schools in the country when it first opened in 1822 Eventually, determined by a Methodist-Episcopal convention in 1870, the college was shut in favor of the newly developed Syracuse University 1871, over the protests of the residents of Lima

The population of Lima was 1,890 in 1920

The Ganoung Cobblestone Farmhouse, Godfrey House and Barn Complex, Leech-Lloyd Farmhouse and Barn Complex, Leech-Parker Farmhouse, Markham Cobblestone Farmhouse and Barn Complex, Martin Farm Complex, Ogilvie Moses Farmhouse, Zebulon Moses Farm Complex, and Thomas Peck Farmhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places4


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 319 square miles 827 km², of which, 319 square miles 826 km² of it is land and 004 square miles 01 km² of it 013% is water

The north town line is the border of Monroe County, and the east town line is the border of Ontario County

Honeoye Creek defines the east town line

New York State Route 5 in part, Avon-Lima Road and East Main Street conjoined with US Route 20 is a major east-west highway New York State Route 15A, a north-south highway, intersects NY-5/US-20 in Lima village


Public schools in Lima are in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District and include Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and Manor Intermediate School The Lima Primary School is in the district but located in Town of Lima The School mascot is the Cougar

As of June 2009, Genesee Community College has started construction for one of its satellite campuses5 The campus is expected to be finished and open for the Fall 2009 semester

Elim Bible Institute is located in Lima New York and is a religious college that offers a two-year degree and certifications in religious study


Historical population
1820 1,963
1830 1,764 −101%
1840 2,176 234%
1850 2,433 118%
1860 2,782 143%
1870 2,912 47%
1880 2,782 −45%
1890 2,438 −124%
1900 2,279 −65%
1910 2,068 −93%
1920 1,890 −86%
1930 1,900 05%
1940 1,986 45%
1950 2,336 176%
1960 2,716 163%
1970 3,445 268%
1980 3,859 120%
1990 4,187 85%
2000 4,541 85%
2010 4,305 −52%
Est 2016 4,175 −30%
US Decennial Census6

As of the census3 of 2000, there were 4,541 people, 1,553 households, and 1,102 families residing in the town The population density was 1424 people per square mile 550/km² There were 1,610 housing units at an average density of 505 per square mile 195/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9687% White, 104% Black or African American, 029% Native American, 044% Asian, 007% Pacific Islander, 033% from other races, and 097% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 126% of the population

There were 1,553 households out of which 350% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 578% were married couples living together, 90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 290% were non-families 242% of all households were made up of individuals and 90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 259 and the average family size was 310

In the town, the population was spread out with 238% under the age of 18, 132% from 18 to 24, 288% from 25 to 44, 240% from 45 to 64, and 103% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 36 years For every 100 females there were 965 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 952 males

The median income for a household in the town was $48,774, and the median income for a family was $57,127 Males had a median income of $40,607 versus $26,316 for females The per capita income for the town was $18,972 About 27% of families and 45% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40% of those under age 18 and 60% of those age 65 or over

Communities and locations in the Town of Limaedit

  • Commins Corners – A location in the northeast part of the town
  • Idaho – A location in the southeast corner of the town
  • Lima – A village on NY-5/US-20
  • North Bloomfield – A hamlet at the east town line in the NE corner of the town The North Bloomfield School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 19814
  • South Lima – A hamlet at the southwest corner of the town

Notable peopleedit

  • Kenneth Keating, US Senator
  • Ken O'Dea, Major League Baseball player
  • James Edward Quigley, former Archbishop of Chicago
  • Henry Jarvis Raymond, was an American journalist and politician and founder of The New York Times78
  • Andrew Jackson Thayer, former US Congressman


  1. ^ "2016 US Gazetteer Files" United States Census Bureau Retrieved Jul 5, 2017 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service 2009-03-13 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  5. ^ "Kickoff Celebration and Lunch for Genesee Community College's Lima Campus Center" 10 December 2017  Press release formally announcing construction of the new campus
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2015 
  7. ^ Raymond, Samuel 1886 Genealogies of the Raymond families of New England, 1630-1 to 1886 JJ Little & Co 
  8. ^ Maverick, Augustus 1870 Henry J Raymond and the New York Press, for Thirty Years AS Hale & Co 

External linksedit

  • Town of Lima, NY webpage
  • Brief history of Lima

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