Sharon is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 1,843 at the 2000 census. The town is named after a location in Connecticut, whence some early settlers came.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.2 square miles (102 km), of which, 39.1 square miles (101 km) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km) of it (0.23%) is water.
The north town line is the border of Montgomery County and the west town line is the border of Otsego County.
US Route 20 is an east-west highway in the town. New York State Route 10, a north-south highway, intersects US-20 in Sharon Springs. New York State Route 145 has its northern terminus at US-20 in Sharon hamlet.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,843 people, 678 households, and 484 families residing in the town. The population density was 47.2 people per square mile (18.2/km²). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 21.4 per square mile (8.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.21% White, 0.60% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.
There were 678 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,413, and the median income for a family was $40,417. Males had a median income of $31,167 versus $25,972 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,639. About 10.8% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.