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Encyclopedia > Burke (town), New York

Burke is a town located in Franklin County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,359.

The Town of Burke was formed in 1844 from the Town of Chateaugay. The town has a village also named Burke.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 114.9 km˛ (44.4 mi˛). None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,359 people, 483 households, and 364 families residing in the town. The population density is 11.8/km˛ (30.6/mi˛). There are 542 housing units at an average density of 4.7/km˛ (12.2/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town is 97.20% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 1.03% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 483 households out of which 35.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% are married couples living together, 7.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% are non-families. 17.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.78 and the average family size is 3.12.

In the town the population is spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $34,318, and the median income for a family is $36,477. Males have a median income of $28,295 versus $22,679 for females. The per capita income for the town is $14,434. 16.4% of the population and 12.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.4% of those under the age of 18 and 21.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Communities and locations in the Town of Burke

  • Burke Center --
  • Cooks Mill --
  • Conveytown Corners --
  • Thayer Corners --
  • Burke -- Village of Burke.

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