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Chazy, New York
Location in Clinton County and the state of New York.
Location in Clinton County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Clinton
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 61.32 sq mi (158.81 km2)
 • Land 54.15 sq mi (140.26 km2)
 • Water 7.16 sq mi (18.55 km2)
190 ft (58 m)
 • Total 4,284
 • Estimate 
 • Density 77.48/sq mi (29.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-019-14113
GNIS feature ID 0978816

Chazy is a town in northeastern Clinton County, New York, United States. The population was 4,284 at the 2010 census. The closest city is Plattsburgh, 14 miles (23 km) to the south. Chazy is 8 miles (13 km) south of the Canada–United States border. The ZIP code is 12921 and the community is in area code 518.


The region was explored by Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer and navigator who mapped large portions of northeastern North America, in 1609. The town was first settled around 1763 by Jean Laframboise, who is also credited with introducing apple growing to the area.

Chazy was formed from the town of Champlain in 1804; in 1853, part of the town was used to form the town of Altona.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Chazy has a total area of 61.3 square miles (158.8 km2), of which 54.2 square miles (140.3 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2), or 11.68%, is water.

The eastern boundary of the town, in the center of the western channel of Lake Champlain, is the state border with Vermont. The Little Chazy River enters Lake Champlain north of Chazy Landing.

The Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) and U.S. Route 9 are north-south highways through the town. New York State Route 191 is an east-west highway entirely within the town. NY 22 is a north-south highway in the western part of Chazy.


The town gave its name to the mid-Ordovician Chazy Formation, the first true reef system, which was originally identified from limestone outcroppings in the township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,313
1830 3,097 33.9%
1840 3,584 15.7%
1850 4,324 20.6%
1860 3,399 −21.4%
1870 3,206 −5.7%
1880 3,147 −1.8%
1890 2,867 −8.9%
1900 2,796 −2.5%
1910 2,973 6.3%
1920 2,607 −12.3%
1930 2,916 11.9%
1940 2,813 −3.5%
1950 2,741 −2.6%
1960 3,386 23.5%
1970 3,393 0.2%
1980 3,766 11.0%
1990 3,890 3.3%
2000 4,179 7.4%
2010 4,284 2.5%
2016 (est.) 4,196 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,181 people, 1,566 households, and 1,171 families residing in the town. The population density was 77.2 people per square mile (29.8/km2). There were 1,841 housing units at an average density of 34.0 per square mile (13.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.94% White, 0.31% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 1,566 households, out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 women there were 97.2 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 95.6 men.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,504, and the median income for a family was $47,589. Males had a median income of $32,825 versus $28,542 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,125. About 8.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.


Chazy has three congregations, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Chazy Presbyterian Church, and George Brendler field.


Chazy has a recreation park located on North Farm Road. This piece of land is home to four baseball/softball fields, multiple soccer fields, a small playground, and two covered pavilions. The park hosts events such as an annual kids' soccer jamboree and the annual Happy Pike fishing tournament.

The Scotts Memorial Rink is located on McAdam Road. This hockey rink was completed using a $75,000 grant funded by the NHLPA Goals and Dreams program. The arena is home to the Chazy Youth Hockey Flyers. The Beekmantown Eagles girls' varsity high school ice hockey team also practices and hosts games at this venue. The arena is named in memory of Scott House and Scott Wolter, both of whom played hockey for Chazy and were killed in separate car accidents.

Lake Alice, a small lake located adjacent to Miner Institute, is named after William Miner's wife. The Lake Alice wildlife management area consists of 1,468 acres (594 ha) along Duprey Road in the town. The area is used for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and bird watching. The Department of Environmental Conservation manages the area for recreational and scientific purposes.

The Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection is an 1824 classic Colonial Revival house museum with period furnishings.

Communities and locations in the town of Chazy

  • Chazy – The hamlet of Chazy is located at the intersection of US 9 and NY 191, east of NY 191's interchange with I-87.
  • Chazy Landing – A hamlet on the shore of Lake Champlain south of the Little Chazy River.
  • Dunn Bay – A bay of Lake Champlain north of Minnetoska Point.
  • Ingraham – A hamlet at the south town line on US 9.
  • Long Point – A location on the shore of Lake Champlain in the northeast corner of Chazy.
  • Minnetoska Point – A location on the shore of Lake Champlain.
  • Monty Bay – A bay of Lake Champlain south of Minnetoska Point.
  • Sciota – A hamlet in the northwestern part of the town at the intersection of NY 22 and NY 191.
  • Trombly Bay – A bay of Lake Champlain south of Chazy Landing.
  • West Chazy – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town at the intersection of NY 22 and former NY 348.
  • Wool Point – A location on the shore of Lake Champlain north of Dunn Bay.
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