Walton is a town in Delaware County, New York, United States. The population was 5,576 at the 2010 census. The town is in the west-central part of the county and contains the village of Walton. The town claims to be the “Scarecrow Capital of the World.”
Walton is in the west-central part of Delaware County, on both sides of the West Branch Delaware River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 97.6 square miles (252.8 km), of which 96.8 square miles (250.8 km) is land and 0.77 square miles (2.0 km), or 0.80%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,607 people, 2,391 households, and 1,570 families residing in the town. The population density was 57.7 people per square mile (22.3/km²). There were 2,958 housing units at an average density of 30.4 per square mile (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.81% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.
There were 2,391 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the town, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,550, and the median income for a family was $41,464. Males had a median income of $27,463 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,779. About 9.0% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.