Veteran is a town in Chemung County, New York, United States. The population was 3,313 at the 2010 census. The name of the town honors the first settler, a veteran of two wars.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.5 square miles (99.6 km), of which 38.3 square miles (99.3 km) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km), or 0.37%, is water.
The north town line is the border of Schuyler County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,271 people, 1,261 households, and 948 families residing in the town. The population density was 85.1 people per square mile (32.9/km²). There were 1,331 housing units at an average density of 34.6 per square mile (13.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.98% White, 0.43% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.
There were 1,261 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the town, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $44,521, and the median income for a family was $50,972. Males had a median income of $31,490 versus $26,027 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,522. About 6.8% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.