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Location in Washington County and the state of New York.
Location in Washington County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Washington
 • Total 57.8 sq mi (150 km2)
 • Total 3,782
 • Density 65.43/sq mi (25.264/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 518

Argyle is a town in Washington County, New York, USA. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town population was 3,782 at the 2010 census. The town was named by its many early settlers from Scotland after Argyllshire.

The town of Argyle has the village called Argyle within its borders.

Argyle is the largest dry town in New York State.


The town was formed from the Argyll Patent of 1764 while still in Albany County, Province of New York and became a town in Charlotte County when it was created March 24, 1772. Following the American Revolution, in 1784 the State of New York renamed Charlotte County as Washington County. Since many of the original settlers were from Argyll, Scotland, they adopted the name of their native land to the town. Although population growth was slow, the town was the most populous in the county by 1790.

In 1803, part of the town was used to establish the new Town of Greenwich.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 57.8 square miles (149.7 km²), of which, 56.7 square miles (146.8 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it (1.92%) is water.

NY Route 40 is a north-south highway in the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,811
1830 3,459 23.1%
1840 3,111 −10.1%
1850 3,274 5.2%
1860 3,139 −4.1%
1870 2,850 −9.2%
1880 2,775 −2.6%
1890 2,313 −16.6%
1900 1,995 −13.7%
1910 1,806 −9.5%
1920 1,535 −15.0%
1930 1,452 −5.4%
1940 1,611 11.0%
1950 1,801 11.8%
1960 1,898 5.4%
1970 2,415 27.2%
1980 2,847 17.9%
1990 3,031 6.5%
2000 3,688 21.7%
2010 3,782 2.5%
Est. 2014 3,727 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,688 people, 1,313 households, and 1,000 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.1 people per square mile (25.1/km²). There were 1,798 housing units at an average density of 31.7 per square mile (12.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.94% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 1,313 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,133, and the median income for a family was $44,414. Males had a median income of $32,253 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,403. About 5.3% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Argyle


  • Argyle – A village within the town, located on NY-40.
  • Argyle airport (1C3) – A grass strip airport northeast of Argyle village.
  • Durkeeetown – A location at the west town line on County Road 45.
  • Goose Island – A hamlet east of Argyle village on County Road 47.
  • Lick Springs – A location west of South Argyle.
  • North Argyle – A hamlet northeast of Argyle village on NY-40.
  • South Argyle– A hamlet south of Argyle village on NY-40.
  • The Hook – An area on County Road 45 where there were once hotels for travelers along a coach road and recently a restaurant called the Hook Pantry, but it has been converted into a house.

Geographic locations

  • Barkley Mountain – An elevation east of the community of Argyle.
  • Cossayuna Lake – The largest body of water in the town, located in the southeast corner (Elevation 422 feet (129 m)).
  • Dead Creek – A stream exiting from Argyle at the west town line.
  • Headwaters of Wood Creek – A stream exiting from Argyle near the northwest corner and running up to Lake Champlain.
  • Moses Kill – A stream passing through North Argyle and Argyle village.
  • Mud Pond – A small lake north of Goose Island.
  • Murdock Mountain – An elevation north of Summit Lake.
  • Summit Lake – A lake west of Cossayuna Lake.
  • Tamarack Swamp – A swamp by the north town line.
  • Todd Mountain – An elevation northwest of Goose Island.
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