Otego is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 3,115 at the 2010 census. The name is a native word meaning “where there is fire.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.9 square miles (116.2 km²), all of it land.
The south town line is the border of Delaware County.
The Susquehanna River flows through the south part of the town. Otego Creek enters the Susquehanna River east of the east town line. Otsdawa Creek flows down the east side of Otego.
Interstate 88 and New York State Route 7 follow the course of the Susquehanna River.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,183 people, 1,234 households, and 874 families residing in the town. The population density was 70.9 people per square mile (27.4/km²). There were 1,383 housing units at an average density of 30.8 per square mile (11.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.55% White, 1.01% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.
There were 1,234 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,563, and the median income for a family was $36,543. Males had a median income of $27,986 versus $25,868 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,479. About 8.7% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.