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German is a
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town
in
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, United States. The population was 370 at the 2010 census. The town is named after U.S. Senator
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, the original land owner. The town is at the western border of the county and is west of
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History

The first settlers arrived ''circa'' 1796. German was founded as the "Town of Brakel" in 1806 from part of the town of DeRuyter (now in
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). Later the town was reduced by the formation of newer towns: Otselic (1817), Lincklaen (1823), and part of
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(1827). The 1865 population of German was 778.


Geography

According to the
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, the town has a total area of , of which is land and , or 0.11%, is water. The western town line is the border of Cortland County.


Demographics

As of the
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of 2000, there were 378 people, 135 households, and 93 families residing in the town. The
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was 13.3 people per square mile (5.1/km2). There were 227 housing units at an average density of 8.0 per square mile (3.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.09%
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, 0.79%
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, 1.32%
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, 0.26% from
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, and 0.53% from two or more races.
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or
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of any race were 1.32% of the population. There were 135 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were
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married couples
living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.32. In the town, the population was spread out, with 32.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.1 males. The median income for a household in the town was $35,288, and the median income for a family was $36,563. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,361 for females. The
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for the town was $11,557. About 14.7% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the
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, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.


Communities and locations in German

*East German – A former community in the southeastern part of the town. *German ("German Four Corners") – A hamlet by the western town line at the intersection of County Roads 2 and 5. *German Five Corners – A location north of German village on County Road 2.


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Early history of German, NY
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