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—  Village  —
Canajoharie is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°54′11″N 74°34′16″W / 42.90306°N 74.57111°W / 42.90306; -74.57111
Country United States
State New York
County Montgomery
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 305 ft (93 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,257
 - Density 1,741.5/sq mi (672.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13317
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-12111
GNIS feature ID 0945734

Canajoharie (pronounced /ˌkænədʒoʊˈhæri/) is a village in the town of Canajoharie in Montgomery County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 2,257.[1] The name is said to be an Iroquois term meaning "the pot that washes itself," a reference to the "Canajoharie Boiling Pot," a circular gorge in the Canajoharie Creek, just south of the village.

The village of Canajoharie is at the north border of the Town of Canajoharie and is west of Amsterdam.

Canajoharie is home to one of at least three operating "dummy-lights" in the United States, located downtown at the intersection of Church, Mohawk and Montgomery Streets. It is a traffic signal on a pedestal which sits in the middle of an intersection, first installed in 1926. The other two are also located in New York State, in Beacon and Croton-on Hudson.

The Erie Canal passes the north side of the village.

It is the headquarters for the baby food manufacturing operations of the Beech-Nut baby food company. On May 15, 2007, Governor Eliot Spitzer announced that Beech-Nut would move its operations to nearby Florida, New York. [2]



Canajoharie, a village of the Mohawk nation, was located near the site of the current village.

After European settlers moved in the community was originally called "Roofville" after an early inhabitant Johannes Rueff. The village was incorporated in 1829. During the middle of the 19th century, three fires almost obliterated the village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.99%) is water.

The village is on the south bank of the Mohawk River.

The New York State Thruway, New York State Route 5S (Erie Boulevard/East Main Street), and New York State Route 10 (Rock Street/Reed Street) pass through the village. On the opposite bank of the Mohawk is the community of Palatine Bridge in the Town of Palatine.

Wintergreen Park is a mile from the village and offers views of the Canajoharie gorge and the Canajoharie falls.[3]


The historic "dummy-light" in downtown Canajoharie, New York.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,257 people, 925 households, and 589 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,741.5 people per square mile (670.3/km²). There were 1,007 housing units at an average density of 777.0/sq mi (299.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.46% White, 0.89% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 925 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 30.5% 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 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,169, and the median income for a family was $44,250. Males had a median income of $30,476 versus $24,125 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,850. About 13.0% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.

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