Van Etten is a town in Chemung County, New York, United States. It is part of the Elmira Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the town was 1,557 at the 2010 census. The town is named for the two brothers who founded the village of Van Etten in it. The town is at the northeast corner of the county, northeast of Elmira.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.6 square miles (107.7 km), of which 41.4 square miles (107.3 km) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km), or 0.30%, is water.
The north town line is the border of Tompkins County, the east town line is the border of Tioga County, and part of the west town line is the border of Schuyler County.
New York State Route 34 intersects New York State Route 224 at Van Etten village. A short part of New York State Route 223 is at its junction with NY-224 by the west town line.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,518 people, 596 households, and 420 families residing in the town. The population density was 36.5 people per square mile (14.1/km²). There were 679 housing units at an average density of 16.3 per square mile (6.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.55% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.
There were 596 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.0% 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 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,011, and the median income for a family was $38,462. Males had a median income of $26,318 versus $24,762 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,426. About 7.7% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.