Champion is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 4,494 at the 2010 census. The town is named after General Henry Champion, early owner.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.1 square miles (116.7 km), of which 44.2 square miles (114.4 km) are land and 0.89 square miles (2.3 km), or 1.97%, are water.
The Black River flows along the town’s northern boundary. The southeast town line is the border of Lewis County.
New York State Route 126 is an east-west highway in the town. New York State Route 3, a major east-west highway in the northern part of Champion, intersects north-south New York State Route 26 at Great Bend.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,361 people, 1,675 households, and 1,190 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.4 people per square mile (38.0/km²). There were 1,906 housing units at an average density of 43.0 per square mile (16.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.85% White, 2.75% African American, 0.62% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.89% of the population.
There were 1,675 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $34,875, and the median income for a family was $41,415. Males had a median income of $35,093 versus $21,386 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,951. About 7.6% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.