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The 2000 Census showed that Cortland County had a population of 48,599 people. This represented 0.26% of the total population of New York, making it the state's 51st most populous county (out of 62 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Cortland had a population of 47,996 people. This is a decrease of 1.24% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201049,336+1.52%+2.79% since 2009
200947,996-1.24%-0.28% since 2008
200848,131-0.96%-0.38% since 2007
200548,315-0.58%-0.95% since 2004
200348,802+0.42%+0.81% since 2002
200248,410-0.39%-0.39% since 2001
200048,599The Last Census

Cortland County had 20,116 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Cortland County has a total area<3> of 501 square miles [1,298 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.87 square miles [4.84 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Cortland County had a population density of 97.3 people per square mile [37.55 people/km²], making it the state's 40th most densely populated county (out of 62 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Cortland County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Cortland and the state of New York.

Click here for the Cortland County QuickFact (QF-36023).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Cortland County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Cortland County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BroomeQF-36007   S194,630200,536-2.95%
CayugaQF-36011   NW79,52681,963-2.97%
ChenangoQF-36017   E50,62051,401-1.52%
MadisonQF-36053   NE69,95469,4410.74%
OnondagaQF-36067   N454,753458,336-0.78%
TiogaQF-36107   S50,06451,784-3.32%
TompkinsQF-36109   SW101,77996,5015.47%

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Census QuickFact for Cortland County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Cortland. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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