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Ulysses, New York

Ulysses, New York
Ulysses, New York is located in New York
Ulysses, New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Tompkins
 • Total 36.8 sq mi (95.4 km2)
 • Land 33.0 sq mi (85.4 km2)
 • Water 3.9 sq mi (10.0 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,900
 • Density 130/sq mi (51/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-75990
GNIS feature ID 0979570

Ulysses is a town located in northwest Tompkins County, New York, U.S.. The population was 4,900 at the 2010 census.[1] The town was named after the hero of the Odyssey.

The Town of Ulysses is northwest of the city of Ithaca and is in the northwest part of Tompkins County.

Taughannock Falls, the highest waterfall in the state, is in Ulysses in Taughannock Falls State Park. The falls drop 215 feet (66 m), farther than Niagara Falls, making Taughannock Falls one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains.

Much of the town is devoted to dairy farms and fruit orchards, but the proximity to Ithaca has also brought a large number of professionals, academics and artists to the town.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Communities and locations in Ulysses 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the United States Census Bureau, Ulysses has a total area of 36.8 square miles (95 km2), of which 33.0 square miles (85 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2), or 10.48%, is water.

The eastern town line is at Cayuga Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. The town's northern boundary line is the border of Seneca County.

New York State Route 89 is a north-south highway near Cayuga Lake. New York State Route 96 is a northwest to southeast highway through the town.


Ulysses is located in the former Central New York Military Tract, which was used to pay soldiers of the American Revolution. It was named by Robert Harpur in 1790 for the hero of Homer's Odyssey. The town was first settled around 1790.

The town once contained the towns of Onondaga County. The village of Trumansburg, the main settlement in Ulysses, was started by Abner Treman in 1792.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,775 people, 1,986 households, and 1,314 families residing in the town. The population density was 144.8 people per square mile (55.9/km²). There were 2,198 housing units at an average density of 66.6 per square mile (25.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.50% White, 1.11% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 1,986 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% 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 2.89.

Age demographics show that 24.7% are under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,066, and the median income for a family was $54,167. Males had a median income of $36,313 versus $26,810 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,516. About 4.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Communities and locations in Ulysses

  • Christian Hill – A location on the south town line by the southeast corner of Ulysses.
  • DuBoise Corner – A hamlet near Cayuga Lake in the southeast part of the town.
  • Halseyville – A hamlet, named after the Halsey family, early settlers, southeast of Trumansburg. The Nicoll Halsey House and Halseyville Archeological Sites was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[5]
  • Jacksonville – A hamlet previously named "Harlows Corners" and "Van Cortland Village," prior to being renamed after Andrew Jackson. It is southeast of Trumansburg on NY-96.
  • Krum's Corner – A hamlet, named after the Krum family, early settlers, in the southeast part of the town on NY-96.
  • Perry City – A hamlet founded by The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and still home to the original Quaker Meeting House. The community is just past the west town line.
  • Podunk – A hamlet named after the sound of water passing over a mill wheel. It is located south of Trumansburg.
  • Taughannock Creek – A stream flowing through the state park and forming a waterfall.
  • Taughannock Falls – (1) One of the highest single-drop waterfalls East of the Rocky Mountains, (2) A hamlet southeast of Trumansburg.
  • Taughannock Falls State Park – A state park in the northeast corner of the town.
  • Taughannock Point – A projection into Cayuga Lake in the northeast corner of the town.
  • Trumansburg – The Village of Trumansburg is in the northwest part of the town on NY-96.
  • Waterburg – A hamlet south of Trumansburg.
  • Willow Creek – An area surrounding Willow Creek (A stream flowing into Cayuga Lake), which feeds into Cayuga Lake at Goodwin's Point (current site of Taughannock Falls State Park). The 'neighborhood' consists of the entirety of Gorge Road, Kraft Road, Garrett Road, Houghton Road, Albrectson Road, and Willow Creek Road. Also, portions of Duboise Road (from Perry City to Kraft Roads), Krums Corners Road (from Duboise Road to Smith Farm), Agard Road (from Taughannock Blvd. to Jacksonville Road), Jacksonville Road (from Kraft Road to Gorge Road), and Taughannock Blvd (from Garrett Road to Gorge Road). Residents in the neighborhood have held an annual community picnic at Taughannock Falls State Park since 1950.


  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Ulysses town, Tompkins County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  

External links

  • Town of Ulysses official website
  • [1] [2] Historical map of the town
  • Photo of Taughannock Falls
  • Taughannock Falls State Park
  • Trumansburg News
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