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Chenango County is a county located in the south-central section US state of New York. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 50,477. Its county seat is Norwich. The county's name originates from an Oneida word meaning "large bull-thistle."
from the Onondaga Indian word meaning "large bull-thistle"
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Chenango County, New York was created March 15, 1798. Chenango County was organized from Herkimer and Tioga counties. It had ten townships and it covered an area nearly twice as large as it does today. The original towns were Cazenovia, Sangersfield, Hamilton, Deruyter, Sherburne, Brookfield, Norwich, Greene, Oxford and Jericho. The county seat is Norwich.
The original inhabitants of Chenango County were nomadic Native Americans of the Archaic Period (6000 BC - 700 BC) or earlier, who fished along the Chenango River re-using campsites over hundreds of years. Archaeologists have excavated a small village on the White Site near Norwich which has been carbon dated approximately AD 950. This site is one of the largest and best examples of the Hunter's Home Phase of Indian occupation in the state. When European settlers arrived, the Chenango Valley had long been the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the Oneida Iroquois.
Chenango County is in the approximate center of the state, west of Albany, north of Binghamton, and southeast of
Syracuse. The county is considered to be in the Southern Tier region of New York State.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 899 square miles (2,328 km2), of which, 894 square miles (2,316 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (11 km2) of it (0.48%) is water.
The Chenango River, a tributary of the Susquehanna River flows southward through the county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Morrisville State College has a branch in Norwich.