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Gasport, New York

Gasport is a town located in Niagara County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,248.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 History


Gasport is located at 43°11'52" North, 78°34'21" West (43.197713, -78.572630)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.6 km² (2.9 mi²). 7.4 km² (2.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.05% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 1,248 people, 456 households, and 315 families residing in the town. The population density is 167.9/km² (435.1/mi²). There are 491 housing units at an average density of 66.1/km² (171.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 95.91% White, 0.64% African American, 1.20% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. 0.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 456 households out of which 30.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% are married couples living together, 9.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% are non-families. 25.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.53 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the town the population is spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $39,306, and the median income for a family is $45,313. Males have a median income of $34,167 versus $27,143 for females. The per capita income for the town is $17,882. 6.4% of the population and 2.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.0% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.


On May 18, 1826, a geological expedition, led by Amos Eaton and physicist Joseph Henry of the Rensselaerian School (now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) through the western part of New York state aboard the canal boat LaFayette, encountered flammable coal gas rising from a spring. They named the local community Gasport. On the return voyage, May 26th, they passed through the settlement again, and saw that the name was already appearing on signboards.