Van Buren is a town located in Onondaga County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 13,185. The town is named after future President Martin van Buren, who was then governor of the state.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93 km), of which, 35.6 square miles (92 km) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km) of it (1.52%) is water.
The west town line is the border of Cayuga County.
Van Buren is south of the Seneca River/Erie Canal. The town is also west of Onondaga Lake. Cross Lake is located at the west town line.
The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) crosses the south part of the town. Interstate 690 is a major highway intersecting the Thruway in the eastern part of Van Buren. New York State Route 31 is a north-south highway in the middle of Van Buren, and New York State Route 173 is an east-west highway in the south part of the town. New York State Route 48 follows the course of the Seneca River in the eastern part of Van Buren.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,667 people, 5,288 households, and 3,384 families residing in the town. The population density was 356.2 people per square mile (137.5/km²). There were 5,618 housing units at an average density of 158.0 per square mile (61.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.05% White, 0.80% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.
There were 5,288 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $43,003, and the median income for a family was $50,724. Males had a median income of $37,230 versus $26,842 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,997. About 4.9% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.