|o Type||Town Council|
|o Town Supervisor||Joseph P. Kinney (R)|
|o Town Council|
|o Total||36.53 sq mi (94.61 km2)|
|o Land||36.42 sq mi (94.33 km2)|
|o Water||0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)|
|o Estimate (2016)||7,415|
|o Density||203.59/sq mi (78.61/km2)|
Frankfort is a town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The town is named after one of its earliest settlers, Lawrence (Lewis) Frank. The town of Frankfort includes a village, also called Frankfort. Frankfort is located east of Utica and the Erie Canal passes along its north border. At the time of the 2010 census, the population was 7,636.
The first European settlers in this area were German Palatines who came to the colony as religious refugees in 1723. During the French and Indian War, this area suffered fierce attacks by the French with their Indian allies, and the settlers abandoned much of the area. The area of the early town was resettled before 1794, by the granting of land patents.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Frankfort has an area of 37.3 square miles (96.7 km²), of which 37.2 square miles (96.4 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) is water.
As of the 2000 census, there were 7,478 people, 2,997 households, and 2,091 families residing in Frankfort. The population density was 200.9 people per square mile (77.6/km²). There were 3,185 housing units at an average density of 85.6 per square mile (33.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.93% White, 0.49% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.
There were 2,997 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town, the population was 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,399, and the median income for a family was $43,594. Males had a median income of $30,423 versus $22,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,719. About 7.5% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
Frankfort has a large Italian American population. Many Italian American families in the town and village are descendants of immigrants from Oriolo, Cosenza, or Calabria, Italy. The first settler from Oriolo may have been Giuseppe Franchino who appeared in the 1880 census as Joseph Frank, age 33, birthplace Italy.
The Herkimer County Fair is a six-day fair held annually in Frankfort. The fair was started in 1841 as the Herkimer County Agricultural Society, and traveled from village to village. In the 1900s, the fair was located at a site which later became the Hekimer Thruway interchange. At that time, the fair had a racetrack and grandstand which were later destroyed by a fire. After moving to Frankfort in 1950, the fair became an annual event. In 1958, it moved to a permanent site on Cemetery Hill in Frankfort, after buying the Slocum Farm. The fair currently sits on 26 acres (11 ha), and has 10 permanent buildings as well a permanent bathroom, shower facilities, a horse corral, and aluminum bleacher seating surrounding the event show ring.
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