Yates is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 2,510 at the 2000 census. The town in named after Joseph C. Yates, a governor of New York.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.5 square miles (97 km), all land.
The northern part of the Town of Yates borders Lake Ontario. The west town line is shared by the Town of Somerset in Niagara County.
East-west highway New York State Route 18 (Roosevelt Highway) and north-south highway New York State Route 63 (Lyndonville Road) cross in the north part of the town north of Yates Center. North-south highway New York State Route 269 (County Line Road) partly defines the west town line.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,510 people, 917 households, and 669 families residing in the town. The population density was 67.0 people per square mile (25.9/km²). There were 1,268 housing units at an average density of 33.8 per square mile (13.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.13% White, 0.80% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.
There were 917 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 22.2% 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 2.74 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the town, the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,803, and the median income for a family was $42,165. Males had a median income of $32,586 versus $20,224 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,839. About 5.7% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.
Yates New York neighborhoods include: Benton, Indian Pines, Main St, North Main, Penn Yan