Schaghticoke (Town, New York)

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Location in Rensselaer County, New York
Basic data
Foundation: 1668 (inc. 1788)
State: United States
State: Big Apple
County: Rensselaer County
Coordinates: 42° 53′ N, 73° 37′ WCoordinates 42° 53′ N, 73° 37′ W
Time Zone: Eastern (UTC-5/-4)
Residents: 7.679 (as of 2010)
Population Density: 59.6 Inhabitants per km²
Area: 134.3 km² (approx. 52 mi²)
of which 128.8 km² (approx. 50 mi²) land
Height: 115 m
Zip code: 12154
Area code: +1 518
FIPS: 36-65486
GNIS ID: 979467


ˈskætɨkoʊk is a Town in Rensselaer County, New York in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the Town of Schaghticoke had a population of 7679. The Schaghticoke are a Native American tribe that originally lived in the area. The Town is located on the northern edge of the county, north of Troy. Within the Town are a Village of the same name and portions of the Village of Valley Falls.


The first permanent settlement by European settlers began in 1668, and the Town of Schaghticoke was incorporated in 1788, emerging from a district that was still part of Albany County in 1772.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the Town has a total area of 134.3 km², of which 129.3 km² is land and 5.1 km² (= 3.76%) is water.

The northern boundary of the city forms the border with Washington County and the western boundary is formed by the Hudson River, which is also the border with Saratoga County.

The Hoosic River flows through the Town area and forms its southern boundary in the eastern part of the Township. The river flows into the Hudson River in western Schaghticoke.


As of the 2000 United States Census, Schaghticoke was inhabited by 7456 people. The population density was 57.7 persons per km². There were 2823 housing units, an average of 21.8 per sq. km. The population of Schaghticoke was 97.57% White, 1.26% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.13% declared other races, and 0.50% named two or more races. 0.66% of the population declared being Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The residents of Schaghticoke were distributed among 2714 households, of which 35.8% had children under 18 years of age. 64.2% of households were made up of married people, 8.7% had a female head of household without a husband and 22.5% did not form families. 17.7% of households consisted of individuals and 8.1% of all households had someone aged 65 or over living alone. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.12 persons.

The population was distributed as 26.3% minors, 6.5% 18-24 year olds, 29.3% 25-44 year olds, 25.5% 45-64 year olds, and 12.5% aged 65 or over. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 women, there were 98.7 men. For those aged 18 and over, there were 95.3 men for every 100 women.

The median household income in Schaghticoke was $48,393 and the median family income reached the level of $57,423. The median income for men was US$40,574, compared to US$27,078 for women. The per capita income was US$20,673. 4.7% of the population and 3.4% of families had incomes below the poverty line, including 4.0% of minors and 8.3% of those aged 65 and over.


  • East Schaghticoke – south of the Village of Schaghticoke
  • Grant Hollow – a hamlet northeast of Troy and Speigletown on Route 40.
  • Hemstreet Park – a village on the west side of the Town on the Hudson River, which is a suburb of Mechanicville on the other side of the river
  • Melrose – a hamlet northeast of Grant Hollow on Route 40
  • Pleasantdale – a settlement north of Troy.
  • Reynolds – a hamlet in the west of the Town
  • Schaghticoke – a village on the Hoosic River
  • Schaghticoke Hill – a hamlet south of it on Route 40
  • Speigletown – a hamlet northeast of Troy on Route 40
  • Valley Falls – a Village not far from the Village of Schaghticoke on the Hoosic River, part of which lies south of the river in the Town of Pittstown.


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