Brutus is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 4,464 at the 2010 census. It is the most populous town in the county. The name was assigned by a clerk interested in the classics.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.5 square miles (58.3 km), of which 22.1 square miles (57.3 km) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km), or 1.75%, is water.
The east town line is the border of Onondaga County, and the north town line is defined by the Seneca River/Erie Canal. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) passes along the northern part of the town, with access from Exit 40 (Weedsport).
East-west New York State Route 31 intersects north-south New York State Route 34 in Weedsport.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,777 people, 1,793 households, and 1,296 families residing in the town. The population density was 215.8 people per square mile (83.3/km²). There were 1,956 housing units at an average density of 88.3 per square mile (34.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.74% White, 0.36% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.
There were 1,793 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,601, and the median income for a family was $43,203. Males had a median income of $31,769 versus $23,934 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,124. About 6.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.