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Port Byron

Port Byron, New York

  •   State: 
    New York
    Cayuga County
    Port Byron
      County FIPS: 
    43°2′N 76°38′W
      Area total: 
    0.94 sq mi (2.43 km²)
      Area land: 
    0.91 sq mi (2.36 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.03 sq mi (0.07 km²)
    407 ft (124 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Auburn, NY
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,207.24 residents per square mile of area (466.17/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Port Byron is a village in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,290 at the 2010 census. It is in the town of Mentz and is north of Auburn. The Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The village is located at 43°2N 76°38W (43.0368, -76.6254). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.61 km²) of which 0.98 square miles is land and 0.031 square miles, or 2.91%, is water. The Owasco Outlet flows through the northwest corner of the village but with no direct access to the Thruway. There are a number of people who can trace their roots back to Port Byron or who settled here for a while. Brigham Young lived here in the early 1830s. Henry Wells of "Wells and Fargo" fame also lived here. Actress Kittie Rhoades was raised here. Richard Bonelli was born here as Jacob Bunn. Edward G. Delaney, an aerospace scientist and mechanical engineer who worked on the iconic Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs is a Port Byron High School Hall of Fame member and 1948 graduate. Mark Jindrak also graduated from the high school. The town was named after the New York Central Railroad named a Sleeper car after the town.


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. 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. The New York Central Railroad named a Sleeper car after the town. The town is located on the East Coast of New York State, between New York City and Long Island. It is also on the West Coast of the United States, between Long Island and New Jersey. The town has a population of around 2,000, with the majority of its residents living in or near the town of Port Byron. It was incorporated as a village in 1827, and became a town in 1838. The name Port Byron was first used in 1797, and was used as a name for the town's first post office until 1825, when it was renamed after the poet Lord Byron.


Port Byron is located at 43°2N 76°38W (43.0368, -76.6254). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.61 km²) 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 O Wasco Lake to the Seneca River through the village. It provided substantial water power to the early village. The village was once known as "Port Byron" and was the site of the Port Byron Lighthouse. It is now known as Port Byron, New York and is located in the town of Port Byron. It has a population of 1,071. The town was founded in 1836. It was named after a local family of the same name, who lived in the village for several years. The current mayor is John Byron, a former mayor of the town, who was born in 1838. The city is in the Town of Byron and the town was once part of Seneca County. It now has a little more than 1,000 people living in and around the village, and the village is located on the New York-New York State Highway 31, which runs north-south through the town. It also has a small section of land called Port Byron Lake, which is located near the village's northwest corner.


As of the census 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 squaremile (201.5/ km²) The racial makeup of the village was 95.22% White, 1.54% African American, 0.39% Native American, 1,23% Asian, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population. The median income for a household was $35,625, and the medianincome for a family was $37,054. About 11.0% of families and 12.9% of people were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 11.9. of those age 65 or over. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was2.98. For every 100 females, there are 93.0 males. For each 100 females age 18 or over, there is 91.2 males. The village is located on the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Statistical Area, which shows the population at 1.297 people as of the 2000 census. The U.N. World Health Organization lists the village as one of the poorest places in the world to live.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York = 84. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 64. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Port Byron = 3.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 1,127 individuals with a median age of 39.5 age the population dropped by -9.25% in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,207.24 residents per square mile of area (466.17/km²). There are average 2.43 people per household in the 480 households with an average household income of $39,644 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.90% of the available work force and has dropped -2.48% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.14%. The number of physicians in Port Byron per 100,000 population = 92.6.


The annual rainfall in Port Byron = 33.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 59.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 131. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 162. 81 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 53, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York which are owned by the occupant = 68.19%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 64 years with median home cost = $73,760 and home appreciation of -3.66%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $25.27 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $8,309 per student. There are 15.6 students for each teacher in the school, 1186 students for each Librarian and 593 students for each Counselor. 8.48% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 7.99% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 2.70% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Port Byron's population in Cayuga County, New York of 1,013 residents in 1900 has increased 1,11-fold to 1,127 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.08% female residents and 47.92% male residents live in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York.

    As of 2020 in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York are married and the remaining 45.19% are single population.

  • 25.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Port Byron require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    76.58% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.75% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.86% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.86% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York, 68.19% are owner-occupied homes, another 27.24% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.57% are vacant.

  • The 46.34% of the population in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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