Broome County, New York

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Location within the U.S. state of New York
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Coordinates: 42°08′13″N75°53′18″W / 42.136986°N 75.888313°W / 42.136986; -75.888313
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of New York.svg  New York
Named for John Broome
Seat Binghamton
Largest cityBinghamton
  Total715.52 sq mi (1,853.2 km2)
  Land705.77 sq mi (1,827.9 km2)
  Water9.7 sq mi (25 km2)  1.4%%
  Density271.6/sq mi (104.9/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 19th, 22nd

Broome County in the U.S. state of New York, as of the 2010 United States Census, had a population of 200,600. [1] Its county seat is Binghamton. The county was named for John Broome, the state's lieutenant governor when Broome County was created.

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New York (state) American state

New York is a state located in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from its city with the same name, it is sometimes referred to as New York State (NYS).

2010 United States Census 23rd national census of the United States, taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million people as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000.


The county is part of the Binghamton, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Binghamton metropolitan area human settlement in United States of America

The Binghamton Metropolitan Statistical Area, also called Greater Binghamton or the Triple Cities, is a region of southern upstate New York in the Northeastern United States, anchored by the city of Binghamton. The MSA encompasses Broome and Tioga counties, which together had a population of 251,725 as of the 2010 census. From 1963 to 1983, the MSA also included neighboring Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania, part of which still falls in the Binghamton, NY–PA Urban Area. In addition to these three counties, the greater region includes parts of Delaware and Chenango counties in New York; portions of Cortland and Otsego counties in New York and Wayne County, Pennsylvania are sometimes considered part of the region as well. Using the definition of a 30-mile radius from Binghamton, the population as of the 2010 census is 317,331.

Broome County is the site of Binghamton University, one of four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Binghamton University Public university in New York State

The State University of New York at Binghamton, commonly referred to as Binghamton University and SUNY Binghamton, is a public research university with campuses in Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City, New York. It is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. As of Fall 2018, 17,768 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. The Vestal campus is listed as a census-designated place, with a residential population of 6,177 as of the 2010 Census.

State University of New York system of universities in New York State

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When counties were established in the Province of New York in 1683, the present Broome County was part of the enormous Albany County, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.

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Albany County, New York County in New York

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On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Tryon County, contained the western portion (and thus, since no western boundary was specified, theoretically still extended west to the Pacific). The eastern boundary of Tryon County was approximately five miles west of the present city of Schenectady, and the county included the western part of the Adirondack Mountains and the area west of the West Branch of the Delaware River. The area then designated as Tryon County now is organized as 37 counties of New York State. The county was named for William Tryon, colonial governor of New York.

Tryon County, New York county of the Province of New York

Tryon County was a county in the colonial Province of New York in the British American colonies. It was created from Albany County on March 24, 1772, and was named for William Tryon, the last provincial governor of New York. The county's boundaries extended much further than any current county. Its eastern boundary with the also-new Charlotte County ran "from the Mohawk River to the Canada line, at a point near the old village of St. Regis and passing south to the Mohawk between Schenectady and Albany." It extended north to the St. Lawrence River; its western boundary was the Treaty of Fort Stanwix's Line of Property, following the Unadilla River, Oneida Lake, Onondaga River and Oswego River to Lake Ontario, as the Iroquois Confederacy still controlled locations further west in the Indian Reserve. Tryon County's seat was Johnstown, which is today the county seat of Fulton County. The Tryon County Courthouse, built in 1772–1773, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Tryon County Jail, also built in 1772–1773, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

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In the years prior to 1776, most of the Loyalists in Tryon County fled to Canada. In 1784, following the peace treaty that ended the American Revolutionary War, the name of Tryon County was changed to Montgomery County, for General Richard Montgomery, who had captured several places in Canada and died attempting to capture the city of Quebec, thus replacing the name of the hated British governor.

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Montgomery County, New York County in New York

Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 50,219. The county seat is Fonda. The county was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 at the Battle of Quebec.

Richard Montgomery Irish-born soldier in the British Army, later in the American Continental Army

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In 1789, Montgomery County was reduced in size by the splitting off of Ontario County. The actual area split off from Montgomery County was much larger than the present county, also including the present Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming, Yates, and part of Schuyler and Wayne Counties.

In 1791, Tioga County split off from Montgomery County, along with Herkimer and Otsego Counties. Tioga County was at this time much larger than the present county and included the present Broome and Chemung Counties and parts of Chenango and Schuyler Counties.

In 1798, Tioga County was reduced in size by the splitting off of Chemung County (which also included part of the present Schuyler County) and by the combination of a portion with a portion of Herkimer County to create Chenango County.

In 1806, the present-day Broome County was split off from Tioga County. [2]


Broome County lies on the south line of New York. Its south border abuts the north border of the state of Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River flows southward through the eastern part of the county, enters Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania, then re-enters Broome and flows northwestward to meet the Chenango River at Binghamton. The combined flow moves west-southwestward into Tioga County to the west. The West Branch Delaware River flows southward along the lower portion of the county's east border, delineating that portion of the border between Broome and Delaware counties. [3]

The county's western portion is hilly, with wide valleys that accommodate Binghamton and its suburbs. In the northern portion, Interstate 81 traverses a wide glacial valley. The east part of the county is much more rugged, as the land rises to the Catskill Mountains. The terrain generally slopes to the west. [4] The county's highest point is in the northwest of the county, a U.S. National Geodetic Survey benchmark known as Slawson atop an unnamed hill in the Town of Sanford. It is approximately 2087 feet [5] (636 m) above sea level. [6] An area due east on the Delaware County line in Oquaga Creek State Park also lies within the same elevation contour line. The lowest point is 864 feet (263 m) above sea level, along the Susquehanna River, at the Pennsylvania state line.

The county has a total area of 716 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 706 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 9.7 square miles (25 km2) (1.4%) is water. [7]

Adjacent counties

Protected areas [3]

  • Aqua-Terra Wilderness Area
  • Beaver Flow State Forest (part)
  • Beaver Pond State Forest
  • Cascade Valley State Forest
  • Cat Hollow State Forest
  • Chenango Valley State Park
  • Dorchester County Park
  • Greenwood County Park (part)
  • Hawkins Pond State Forest
  • Marsh Pond State Forest
  • Nathaniel Cole County Park
  • Oquaga Creek State Park (part)
  • Skyline Drive State Forest
  • Triangle State Forest
  • Whitney Point Multiple Use Area (part)
  • Whittacker Swamp State Forest

Lakes [3]

  • Agwaterra Pond
  • Blueberry Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Fly Pond
  • Hawkins Pond
  • Hust Pond
  • Laurel Lake
  • Nanticoke Lake
  • Oquaga Lake
  • Otselic River
  • Potato Creek
  • Sky Lake
  • Summit Lake

Major highways


Broome has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) and the hardiness zone is mainly 5b.

Binghamton, New York
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: [8]


Historical population
1810 8,130
1820 14,34376.4%
1830 17,57922.6%
1840 22,33827.1%
1850 30,66037.3%
1860 35,90617.1%
1870 44,10322.8%
1880 49,48312.2%
1890 62,97327.3%
1900 69,1499.8%
1910 78,80914.0%
1920 113,61044.2%
1930 147,02229.4%
1940 165,74912.7%
1950 184,69811.4%
1960 212,66115.1%
1970 221,8154.3%
1980 213,648−3.7%
1990 212,160−0.7%
2000 200,536−5.5%
2010 200,6000.0%
Est. 2018191,659 [9] −4.5%
US Decennial Census [10]
1790-1960 [11] 1900-1990 [12]
1990-2000 [13] 2010-2013 [1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census, [14] there were 200,536 people, 80,749 households, and 50,225 families in the county. The population density was 284/1/sqmi (109.7/km²). There were 88,817 housing units at an average density of 125.8/sqmi (48.6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.33% White, 3.28% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. 1.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of Irish, 13.3% Italian, 12.3% German, 11.6% English, 6.4% American and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. [15] 91.4% spoke English, 2.0% Spanish and 1.1% Italian as their first language.

There were 80,749 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.60% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.80% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

The county population contained 23.00% under the age of 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,347, and the median income for a family was $45,422. Males had a median income of $34,426 versus $24,542 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,168. About 8.80% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

For the past few decades, Broome County has been a swing unit. Since 1964 the county has selected Democratic and Republican party candidates at approximately the same rate in national elections (as of 2016). The more recent elections had favored the Democratic candidate, until Donald Trump carried the county in 2016, the first Republican to win the county since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results [16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 47.6%40,94345.6% 39,2126.9% 5,917
2012 46.2% 37,64151.5%41,9702.4% 1,954
2008 45.1% 40,07753.1%47,2041.8% 1,556
2004 47.4% 43,56850.4%46,2812.2% 2,041
2000 42.4% 36,94652.1%45,3815.5% 4,757
1996 36.1% 31,32751.2%44,40712.8% 11,080
1992 34.7% 34,65343.5%43,44421.8% 21,749
1988 49.4% 47,61050.0%48,1300.7% 625
1984 60.5%58,10939.2% 37,6580.3% 322
1980 44.0%39,27541.5% 37,01314.6% 12,992
1976 55.5%50,34043.9% 39,8270.5% 491
1972 59.8%55,73639.9% 37,1540.3% 245
1968 52.5%46,87241.9% 37,4515.6% 4,988
1964 35.2% 32,04864.8%59,0210.1% 70
1960 59.4%56,46740.5% 38,4620.1% 62
1956 74.3%67,02425.7% 23,2170.0% 0
1952 71.4%64,73828.5% 25,8330.1% 119
1948 60.7%43,11036.1% 25,6543.1% 2,222
1944 58.5%44,01341.3% 31,0560.2% 137
1940 57.7%44,01342.1% 32,0920.2% 179
1936 54.7%36,94543.9% 29,7081.4% 950
1932 58.0%32,75140.4% 22,8021.7% 941
1928 65.3%39,86032.0% 19,5632.7% 1,669
1924 67.7%28,26222.3% 9,28910.1% 4,198
1920 69.0%24,75925.8% 9,2515.3% 1,893
1916 53.3%11,44541.5% 8,9065.2% 1,105
1912 43.6%7,94935.8% 6,53320.7% 3,770
1908 58.2%10,70536.2% 6,6715.6% 1,032
1904 59.5%10,85335.6% 6,4804.9% 897
1900 58.0%10,39737.1% 6,6524.9% 877
1896 63.8%10,63032.8% 5,4613.5% 583
1892 52.4%8,25938.3% 6,0409.3% 1,474
1888 53.7%8,40541.2% 6,4475.1% 801
1884 53.0%7,18242.6% 5,7804.4% 602

Broome County's offices are housed in the Edwin L. Crawford County Office Building of Government Plaza located at 60 Hawley Street in Downtown Binghamton.


Broome County Executives
Edwin L. Crawford Republican 1969–1976
Donald L. McManus Democratic 1977–1980
Carl S. Young Republican 1981–1988
Timothy M. Grippen Democratic 1989–1996
Jeffrey P. Kraham Republican 1997–2004
Barbara J. Fiala Democratic 2005–Apr. 15, 2011
Patrick J. Brennan Democratic Apr. 16, 2011–Dec. 31, 2011
Debra A. Preston Republican Jan. 1, 2012–Dec. 31, 2016
Jason T. Garnar [17] Democratic Jan. 1 2017–


The Broome County Legislature consists of 15 members. [18] The 15 legislature members are elected from individual districts. Currently, there are 11 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

Broome County Legislature
1 Stephen J. FlaggMajority LeaderRepublican Colesville
2 Scott D. BakerRepublican Windsor
3 Kelly F. WildonerRepublican Binghamton
4 Daniel D. ReynoldsDemocratic Vestal
5 Daniel J. ReynoldsChairmanRepublican Vestal
6 Greg W. BaldwinRepublican Endicott
7 Matthew J. PasqualeRepublican Endicott
8 Jason E. ShawRepublican Endwell
9 Ronald J. KeibelRepublican Triangle
10 Cindy O'BrienRepublican Chenango
11 Ron HeebnerRepublican Johnson City
12 Michael P. Sopchak, Jr.Republican Johnson City
13 Robert WeslarDemocratic Binghamton
14 Mary KaminskyDemocratic Binghamton
15 Mark R. WhalenMinority LeaderDemocratic Binghamton

Party affiliation

Voter registration as of April 1, 2018 [19]
PartyActive votersInactive votersTotal votersPercentage
Democratic 42,1214,36146,48237.23%
Republican 41,1722,63543,80735.08%
Other [nb 1] 8,6099819,5907.68%


The primary institutes of higher education in Broome County include:


Map of Broome County, New York showing towns and villages. For map key, click on image. Broome county ny map.png
Map of Broome County, New York showing towns and villages. For map key, click on image.




Census-designated places


Notable people

See also


  1. Included are voters affiliated with the Conservative Party, Green Party, Working Families Party, Independence Party, Women's Equality Party, Reform Party, and other small parties.

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Coordinates: 42°10′N75°49′W / 42.16°N 75.82°W / 42.16; -75.82