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Arietta, New York
Location in Hamilton County and the state of New York
Location in Hamilton County and the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Hamilton
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 329.41 sq mi (853.16 km2)
 • Land 317.18 sq mi (821.49 km2)
 • Water 12.23 sq mi (31.67 km2)
2,402 ft (732 m)
 • Total 304
 • Estimate 
 • Density 0.89/sq mi (0.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-041-02572
GNIS feature ID 0978688

Arietta is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 304 at the 2010 census. The town was named after the mother of one of the first settlers, Rensselaer Van Rennslaer.


The town was first settled around 1827 at Piseco Lake.

The Town of Arietta was formed in 1836, from the Town of Lake Pleasant. In 1837, part of Arietta was used to form part of the Town of Long Lake. Another part of Arietta was added to Long Lake in 1861.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 329.4 square miles (853 km2), of which, 317.6 square miles (823 km2) of it is land and 11.8 square miles (31 km2) of it (3.59%) is water.

The Town of Arietta is inside the Adirondack Park.

The south town line is the border of Fulton County.

The East Canada Creek flows southward from the area around Powley to the Mohawk River. The West Branch of the Sacandaga River flows from Piseco Lake, via the Piseco Outlet, to the east.

New York State Route 8, an east-west highway, intersects New York State Route 10, a north-south highway, south of Piseco Lake.

Adjacent towns and areas

The west border of Arietta is the Town of Morehouse. To the east are the Towns of Lake Pleasant, Wells, and Benson. The Town of Long Lake is at the north border. The south border is formed by the Towns of Stratford and Caroga in Fulton County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 209
1850 108 −48.3%
1860 98 −9.3%
1870 139 41.8%
1880 294 111.5%
1890 357 21.4%
1900 247 −30.8%
1910 232 −6.1%
1920 176 −24.1%
1930 165 −6.2%
1940 183 10.9%
1950 219 19.7%
1960 235 7.3%
1970 350 48.9%
1980 314 −10.3%
1990 300 −4.5%
2000 293 −2.3%
2010 304 3.8%
2016 (est.) 282 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 293 people, 126 households, and 86 families residing in the town. The population density was 0.9 people per square mile (0.4/km2). There were 788 housing units at an average density of 2.5 per square mile (1.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 126 households, out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,375, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $22,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,378. None of the families and 2.8% of the population were living below the poverty line.

Communities and locations in Arietta

Inhabited locations

  • Arietta – The hamlet of Arietta is located on NY-10 in the southern part of the town.
  • Avery's Place (or Avery Place) – A hamlet on NY-10 north of Arietta and south of Higgins Bay.
  • Clockmill Corners – A location by the western town line, on Powley Road.
  • Higgins Bay – This hamlet is on the south shore of Piseco Lake on NY-8. The community is located on a small bay in the lake, also called Higgins Bay. It is north of the junction of Routes NY-8 and NY-10.
  • Kenwells – A location on the west town line in the northern part of the town.
  • Piseco – A hamlet located by Piseco Lake, which was originally proposed as the county seat.
  • Piseco Airport (K09) – A small general aviation airport north of Piseco.
  • Powley Place – A deserted hamlet by the western town line, on Powley Road.
  • Rudestone – A hamlet on Old Piseco Road between Piseco Lake and Oxbow Lake.
  • Shaker Place – A location west of NY-10 and south of Higgins Bay.

Geographical features

  • Big Bay – A wide section of the Piseco Outlet south of NY-8.
  • Ferris Lake – A lake east of Powleys Place.
  • Higgins Bay – A bay on the east side of Piseco Lake, west of NY-8.
  • Irondequoit Bay – The south end of Piseco Lake.
  • Oxbow Lake – A small lake northeast of Piseco Lake, partly in the Town of Lake Pleasant.
  • Piseco Lake – A large lake west of NY-8.
  • Piseco Outlet – The stream from the south end of Piseco Lake to the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.
  • Spy Lake – A lake east of Piseco Lake and east of NY-8.

See also

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