Perrysburg is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York, United States. The population was 1,626 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and is located in the northwest corner of the county. The town contains the census-designated place also named Perrysburg, formerly an incorporated village.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.5 square miles (73.9 km), of which 28.4 square miles (73.6 km) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km), or 0.44%, is water.
The northern border is Cattaraugus Creek with Erie County on the opposite bank. The western border is Chautauqua County.
The town’s geographic location results in frequent and heavy lake-effect snow events during the fall and winter. It is often the site for maximum snowfall accumulations. A hill rising to over 1,600 feet (490 m) on the southern edge of the town contributes to orographic enhancement, intensifying snowfall. From December 10 through December 17, 2013 nearly 7 feet (2.1 m) (84 in or 2,100 mm) of snow fell on the town, with the majority of it being lake-effect snow. Some locals have named Perrysburg the snow capital of Western New York.
New York State Route 39 is an east-west highway through the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,771 people, 685 households, and 487 families residing in the town. The population density was 62.1 people per square mile (24.0/km²). There were 752 housing units at an average density of 26.4 per square mile (10.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.52% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 3.39% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.
There were 685 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the town, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $37,212, and the median income for a family was $44,231. Males had a median income of $34,028 versus $23,828 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,453. About 7.1% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.