Denmark, New York

Coordinates: 43°53′55″N 75°36′24″W / 43.89861°N 75.60667°W / 43.89861; -75.60667
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Denmark, New York
Denmark is located in New York
Location in New York
Denmark is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 43°53′55″N 75°36′24″W / 43.89861°N 75.60667°W / 43.89861; -75.60667
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total51.05 sq mi (132.21 km2)
 • Land50.60 sq mi (131.06 km2)
 • Water0.45 sq mi (1.15 km2)
Elevation1,073 ft (327 m)
 • Total2,860
 • Estimate 
 • Density56.20/sq mi (21.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code315
FIPS code36-049-20214
GNIS feature ID978896[2]
WebsiteTown of Denmark

Denmark is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States, named after the Kingdom of Denmark in northern Europe.[4] The population was 2,860 at the 2010 census.[5] The town is on the northwestern border of Lewis County and lies east of Watertown.


The town of Denmark was first settled around 1800.[6]

The town was formed in 1807 from the town of Harrisburg.

Notable people[edit]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.0 square miles (132 km2), of which 50.6 square miles (131 km2) are land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.84%) are water.[9]

The northwestern town line is the border of Jefferson County, and the Black River forms the eastern town boundary. The Deer River, running through the northern part of the town, is a tributary of the Black River.

Both New York State Route 12 and New York State Route 26 run in a northwest to southeast direction through the town, paralleling the Black River. New York State Route 410 passes across the southeastern corner of the town.


Historical population
2016 (est.)2,844[3]−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

According to the census[11] of the year 2000, there were 2,747 people, 977 households, and 753 families in the town of Denmark. The population density was 54.3 inhabitants per square mile (21.0/km2). There were 1,149 housing units at an average density of 22.7 per square mile (8.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.76% White, 0.51% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.42% of two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

There were 977 households, out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of singles, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,696, and the median income for a family was $45,046. Males had a median income of $33,147 versus $22,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,960. About 7.9% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those aged 65 or more.

Communities and locations in Denmark[edit]

  • Briggs Corners – A hamlet west of Castorland village on NY-410.
  • Cameron Corners – A hamlet near the northern town line, east of Copenhagen village.
  • Castorland – The village of Castorland is near the eastern town line on NY-410 and the Black River.
  • Clark Corners – A hamlet southeast of Copenhagen on NY-12.
  • Copenhagen – The village of Copenhagen is on NY-12 and the Deer River in the northwestern part of the town. It was formerly called "Munger Mills".
  • Deer River – A hamlet north of Denmark village, formerly called Frenchs Mills. The community is located on NY-26 and the Deer River.
  • Deer River Station – A location east of Deer River near the Black River.
  • Denmark – The hamlet of Denmark on NY-26.
  • High Falls – A waterfall south of Copenhagen on the Deer River.
  • Kings Falls – A waterfall south of High Falls on the Deer River.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Denmark, New York
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 104.
  5. ^ "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Denmark town, New York". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. ^ A history of Lewis County, in the State of New York; page 85, "Denmark"
  7. ^ Chester Hazen, Wisconsin Historical Society
  8. ^ Minnesota Legislators: Past & Presnt-Albert Clark Wedge
  9. ^ "U.S. Gazetteer Files: 2019: Places: New York". U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.