Ridgeway is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 6,886 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is derived from “Ridge Road,” an important highway in the 19th century.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.3 square miles (130 km), of which 50.0 square miles (129 km) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km) (0.46%) is water.
The town is bordered by Town of Hartland to the west in Niagara County. New York State Route 269 (County Line Road) partly defines this border.
New York State Route 63 (Lyndonville Road) and New York State Route 104 (Ridge Road) intersect in the western part of the town. New York State Route 31E passes through the southeast part of Ridgeway.
The Oak Orchard River flows through the town toward Lake Ontario to the north.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,886 people, 2,627 households, and 1,841 families residing in the town. The population density was 137.6 people per square mile (53.1/km²). There were 2,872 housing units at an average density of 57.4 per square mile (22.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.93% White, 4.40% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.
There were 2,627 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% 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 3.09.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,206, and the median income for a family was $41,696. Males had a median income of $33,189 versus $20,881 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,316. About 10.5% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.