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Colton, New York
—  Town  —
Colton, New York is located in New York Adirondack Park
Colton, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 44°28′38″N 74°51′17″W / 44.47722°N 74.85472°W / 44.47722; -74.85472
Country United States
State New York
County St. Lawrence
 - Total 254.9 sq mi (660.3 km2)
 - Land 242.1 sq mi (627.0 km2)
 - Water 12.8 sq mi (33.2 km2)
Elevation 1,496 ft (456 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,453
 - Density 6.0/sq mi (2.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-17409
GNIS feature ID 0978854
The Raquette River in the Stone Valley Recreational Area

Colton is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, USA. The population was 1,453 at the 2000 census. The town, originally named Matildaville, is named after early settler Jesse Colton Higley.

The Town of Colton is located in the southeast part of the county and is south of the Village of Potsdam.



The first land patents were issued in 1776. The first settlement occurred around 1825 near Colton village in the northern part of the town.

Colton was organized in 1843 from part of the Town of Parishville. Additional land from Parishville was added to Colton in 1851, and Colton was increased in 1876 from territory taken from the Town of Hopkinton.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 254.9 square miles (660.3 km²), of which, 242.1 square miles (627.0 km²) of it is land and 12.8 square miles (33.3 km²) of it (5.04%) is water.

Colton is the largest town in St. Lawrence County. The south town line is the border of Hamilton County and Herkimer County.

The Raquette River flows through the west part of the town. The town is in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Most of the town, the southern part, is inside the Adirondack Park.

New York State Route 56 intersects New York State Route 68 at Colton village. New York State Route 3 intersects NY-56 in the east-central part of the town at Sevey Corners.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,453 people, 604 households, and 405 families residing in the town. The population density was 6.0 people per square mile (2.3/km²). There were 1,163 housing units at an average density of 4.8/sq mi (1.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.17% White, 0.34% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 604 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% 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 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,875, and the median income for a family was $44,637. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $22,443 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,528. About 10.5% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Colton

  • Brandy Brook – A location in the southwest part of the town on NY-3.
  • Carry Falls Reservoir – A reservoir in the northeast part of Colton.
  • Colton – The hamlet of Colton is located at the junction of NY-56 and NY-68 by the Raquette River. The community, in the northwest part of the town, is the location of the first settlement.
  • Cranberry Lake – A large lake near the southwest town line, but only a small part of the lake is in Colton.
  • Granshue Club – A location south of Stark near the west town line.
  • Higley Flow State Park – A state park west of South Colton.
  • Irish Settlement – A hamlet near the town center on NY-56.
  • Lows Lake – A lake partly in the southwest corner of Colton.
  • Sevey – A hamlet in the central part of the town on NY-56
  • Sevey Corners – A location in the east-central part of the town on NY-3, south of Sevey.
  • Shurteff – A hamlet southwest of Sevey on NY-3.
  • South Colton – A village in the north part of Colton, south of Colton village on NY-56.
  • Stark – A hamlet by the town line in the eastern part of Colton.
  • Stark Reservoir – A reservoir south of Stark and north of Carry Falls Reservoir.
  • Stone Valley Recreational Area - A hiking and fishing area along the Raquette River, north of the hamlet of Colton.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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Coordinates: 44°33′11″N 74°56′23″W / 44.55306°N 74.93972°W / 44.55306; -74.93972



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