Located northwest of Syracuse, Cato is a town in Cayuga county. The town is named after Cato the Elder, a Roman statesman. The name was assigned by the surveyors of the Military Tract and is one of many towns and villages bearing classical place names.
Cato includes part of Cato village and the entire village of Meridian. The zip code for Cato is 13033. The school districts for this area are Cato-Meridian Central School District, Red Creek Central School District, and Port Byron Central School District.
As of the 2020 Census, there were 2,445 people (a change of -3.6% since 2010) residing in the town of Cato. The share of the total population consists of 79.8% adults age 18 or older and 20.2% youths under the age of 18. A change of -0.1% and -15.6% respectively.
There was a 23.9% vacancy rate in 2020 in the town of Cato. There were 1,303 total housing units, a +1.4% change since 2010. Of the 1,303, 992 housing units were occupied and 311 were vacant.
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