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Schaghticoke
—  Town  —
Location within Rensselaer County
Schaghticoke is located in New York
Schaghticoke
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°52′50″N 73°36′35″W / 42.88056°N 73.60972°W / 42.88056; -73.60972
Country United States
State New York
County Rensselaer
Settled 1668
Incorporated 1788
Government
 - Town Clerk Janet Salisbury
Area
 - Total 51.9 sq mi (134.3 km2)
 - Land 49.9 sq mi (129.3 km2)
 - Water 2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
Elevation 377 ft (115 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,456
 Density 149.4/sq mi (57.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12154
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-65486
GNIS feature ID 0979467
Website Town of Schaghticoke, NY

Schaghticoke is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, USA. The population was 7,456 at the 2000 census.[1] The Schaghticoke is a native tribe original to the area. The town is on the northern border of the county, north of Troy. The town contains a village, also called Schaghticoke, and part of the village of Valley Falls.

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History

The first permanent settlement began around 1668. The town, one of the original county towns, was formed in 1788 from a previously established district (1772 in Albany County).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.9 square miles (134.3 km²), of which, 49.9 square miles (129.3 km²) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it (3.76%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Washington County, and the west town line, defined by the Hudson River, is the border of Saratoga County.

The Hoosic River flows through the town to the Hudson River at the west town line.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,456 people, 2,714 households, and 2,103 families residing in the town. The population density was 149.4 people per square mile (57.7/km²). There were 2,823 housing units at an average density of 56.6/sq mi (21.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.57% White, 1.26% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 2,714 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,393, and the median income for a family was $57,423. Males had a median income of $40,574 versus $27,078 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,673. About 3.4% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the town

  • East Schaghticoke – A location south of Schaghticoke village.
  • Grant Hollow – A hamlet northeast of Troy and Spiegletown on Route 40.
  • Hemstreet Park – A location at the west town line at the Hudson River that is a suburb of Mechanicville.
  • Melrose – A hamlet northeast of Grant Hollow on Route 40.
  • Pleasantdale – A suburban community north of Troy.
  • Reynolds – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Schaghticoke – A village.
  • Schaghticoke Hill – A hamlet south of Schaghticoke village on Route 40.
  • Speigletown – A hamlet northeast of Troy on Route 40.
  • Valley Falls – A village, a small part of which is located in the town near Schaghticoke village.

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