Sodus is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 8,384 at the 2010 census. The town takes its name from a native word for the bay in the eastern part of the town: “Assorodus,” meaning “silvery water.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 69.4 square miles (179.6 km²), of which, 67.4 square miles (174.6 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²) of it (2.78%) is water.
The north border is Lake Ontario. Sodus Bay, a bay of Lake Ontario is partly in the town.
Sodus is a town on the northern boundary of the United States, and Canada is on the opposite shore of Lake Ontario.
New York State Route 14 intersects New York State Route 104 south of Alton, and New York State Route 88 runs south from Sodus village.
Sodus is also known for its rural landscape and its many apple orchards.
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,384 people, 3,325 households, and 2,189 families residing in the town. The population density was 120.8 people per square mile (46.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.8% White, 8.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.1% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.
There were 3,325 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town, the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 20, 5.1% from 20 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $46,896, and the median income for a family was $56,128. Males had a median income of $42,735 versus $37,267 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,898. About 11.4% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
There were 4,158 housing units at an average density of 59.9 per square mile (23.2/km²). 20.0% of housing units were vacant.
There were 3,325 occupied housing units in the town. 2,585 were owner-occupied units (77.7%), while 740 were renter-occupied (22.3%). The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.5% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate was 14.8%.
NOTE: It is common for resort communities to have higher than normal vacant house counts. Many are vacation homes which are seasonal and not regularly occupied.