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Ilion, New York
—  Village  —
Ilion, New York is located in New York
Ilion, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°0′48″N 75°2′37″W / 43.01333°N 75.04361°W / 43.01333; -75.04361Coordinates: 43°0′48″N 75°2′37″W / 43.01333°N 75.04361°W / 43.01333; -75.04361
Country United States
State New York
County Herkimer
 - Total 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
 - Land 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 407 ft (124 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 8,610
 Density 3,476.6/sq mi (1,342.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13357
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-37275
GNIS feature ID 0953587

Ilion is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 8,610 at the 2000 census. Ilion is a name for the ancient city of Troy.

The Village of Ilion is at the north town line of the Town of German Flatts. The Erie Canal is north of the village.



The area where Ilion is located was first settled by Palatine Germans under the Burnetsfield Patent around 1725. Settlers first established residencies along Steeles Creek, which flows through the current village into the Mohawk River. Many mills were set up along the creek. After the American Revolution, a small community was set up in the area named New London. This area of the village still has buildings which use the name London.

The community began to flourish starting around 1816 when Eliphalet Remington created his first gun, which would later grow into the Remington Arms company. The community was even further advanced with the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.

In 1843 a post office was desired[citation needed], so a name needed to be chosen. Remington rejected the use of his name as a name for the village[citation needed], and it was eventually named Ilion. A popular, yet unverified rumor is that the application said Illium, but due to a misspelling or bad penmanship was interpreted as Ilion.

The Village of Ilion was incorporated in 1852.[citation needed] Ilion is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.[1]

The Current Mayor is Mark Cushman and the Trustees include John P. Stephens, Joanie Moore, Kim Connly, and Rose Grieg[2].


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,610 people, 3,425 households, and 2,212 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,476.6 people per square mile (1,340.5/km²). There were 3,623 housing units at an average density of 1,462.9/sq mi (564.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.35% White, 0.66% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

There were 3,425 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males. The median income for a household in the village was $31,793, and the median income for a family was $38,203. Males had a median income of $30,069 versus $21,754 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,264. About 14.1% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.3% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.


The Ilion Central School District is composed of three buildings: Remington Elementary, Barringer Road Elementary, and Ilion Jr/Sr High School. The athletic team's nickname is the Golden Bombers, the mascot is the Bomber Bear, and the school colors are gold and brown.Barringer Road Elementary is nicknamed the bobcats. For the 2005-2006 school year, total K-12 enrollment was 1673 students.


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