Waverly is the largest village in Tioga County, New York, United States. It is located southeast of Elmira in the Southern Tier region. This village was incorporated as the southwest part of the town of Barton in 1854. The village name is attributed to Joseph “Uncle Joe” Hallett, founder of its first Fire Department and pillar of the community, who conceived the name by dropping the 2nd “e” from the name of his favorite author’s novel, Waverley by Sir Walter Scott. The former village hall is listed on the National Historic Places list.
Waverly is located at 42°0′19″N 76°32′16″W / 42.00528°N 76.53778°W / 42.00528; -76.53778 (42.005247, -76.537892).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 2.14% water.
The Chemung River skirts the western edge of the village, and joins the Susquehanna River about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of the village, in Athens Township, Pennsylvania. Another Susquehanna tributary, Cayuta Creek, also known locally as Shepard’s Creek, flows through the eastern part of the village before joining the Susquehanna in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
Waverly is so close to New York State’s southern border that the village is part of a much larger community that runs into Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Waverly combines with South Waverly, Sayre and Athens, Pennsylvania to make up the larger community of the Penn-York Valley or simply “The Valley”, which just happens to have a state border running through it. Waverly is also a short distance from the border of Chemung County to the west.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,607 people, 1,877 households, and 1,128 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,013.3 people per square mile (776.8/km²). There were 2,052 housing units at an average density of 896.7 per square mile (346.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.63% White, 0.63% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,877 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $28,958, and the median income for a family was $39,522. Males had a median income of $31,544 versus $24,492 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,945. 13.3% of the population and 9.5% of families were below the poverty line. 18.3% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.