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|Official name: Town of Colonie|
|Name origin: From Dutch Colonie meaning a colony, referring to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck surrounding Albany|
|Center||Colonie Town Hall|
|- elevation||344 ft (105 m)|
|Highest point||Locust Lane Loudonville|
|- elevation||413 ft (126 m)|
|Lowest point||sea level|
|- elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|Area||57.9 sq mi (150 km²)|
|- land||56.1 sq mi (145 km²)|
|- water||1.8 sq mi (5 km²)|
|Density||1,413.6 /sq mi (546 /km²)|
|Incorporation as town||1895|
|- location||Town Hall|
|Town supervisor||Paula A. Mahan (D)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP Code||12047, 12110, 12189, 12204, 12205, 12211, 12303, 12304, 12309|
|GNIS feature ID||0978853|
Colonie is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. It is the most populous suburb of Albany, New York, and is the third largest town in area in Albany County, occupying about 11% of the county. Several hamlets exist within the town. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 81,591.
The name is derived from the Dutch Colonye or "Colonie", derived from the Colonie of Rensselaerswyck. All the land outside the Village of Beverwyck (now Albany) was referred to as the "Colonie". The town of Colonie is north of Albany and is at the northern border of the county. Within the town of Colonie are two villages, one also known as Colonie and the other known as Menands.
This area was once part of the Rensselaerwyck manor. The town of Colonie was formed in 1895 after the rural residents of the town of Watervliet opposed the state's proposal to transform the entire town into a city of Watervliet. The town/village of Green Island was also split off as a town from the town of Watervliet a year later and the village of West Troy that remained became the current city of Watervliet. All debts from the original town were divided proportionally between Green Island, Watervliet, and Colonie. Several lawsuits worked their way through the court system from the results of division. The original town of Watervliet was the "mother of towns" in Albany County, having once been all the land outside of the city of Albany within the county, all current towns either were formed directly or indirectly from a town formed from Watervliet. The central part of the town was once the location of the extensive Shaker community farms. The Watervliet Shaker Historic District is located in Colonie. Much of that land is now occupied by the Albany International Airport.
Through to the 1930s, Colonie was a simple series of extensive farms and a few hamlets. However, in the post-war years, there was intensive suburban development, originally on the corridor that connected Albany and Schenectady, but quickly throughout the entire township. By 1980, suburban development had saturated the community. At the same time, there were large highways (I-87, I-787, US Rt. 9 and NY Rt. 7) constructed which drastically changed the nature of the town and life there. The Colonie of the 1990s and beyond has become an entirely different community from the town of the 1930s and 1940s.
The Casparus F. Pruyn House at Newtonville is open to the public as the historical and cultural arts center for the Town of Colonie.
A number of sites in Colonie are included on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, including -
- Albany Rural Cemetery
- Bacon-Stickney House
- Senator William T. Byrne House
- Frederick Cramer House
- Martin Dunsbach House
- Royal K. Fuller House
- Goodrich School
- Isaac M. Haswell House
- Hedge Lawn
- Henry-Remsen House
- Ebenezer Hills, Jr., Farmhouse
- Friend Humphrey House
- John Wolf Kemp House
- John V. A. Lansing Farmhouse and Billsen Cemetery and Archeological Site
- George H. Lawton House
- Louis Menand House
- Menands Manor
- Reformed Dutch Church of Rensselaer in Watervliet
- Alfred H. Renshaw House
- Simmons Stone House
- Jedediah Strong House
- Treemont Manor
- George Trimble House
- Van Denbergh-Simmons House
- Watervliet Shaker Historic District
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 57.9 square miles (149.9 km²). 56.1 square miles (145.2 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it (3.11%) is water.
The north town line borders Schenectady County, and Saratoga County, marked by the Mohawk River. The east town line is the border of Rensselaer County, marked by the Hudson River. The town lies near the junction of the Hudson and the Mohawk.
Town of Niskayuna
City of Schenectady
Town of Rotterdam
|Mohawk River/Saratoga County
Towns of Clifton Park,
|City of Cohoes|
|Town of Guilderland||Town of Green Island
City of Watervliet
|Town of Colonie|
|Town of Guilderland||City of Albany||Hudson River/
City of Troy Town of North Greenbush
|Colonie Historical Populations|
As of the census of 2000, there were 79,258 people, 30,980 households, and 20,539 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,413.6 inhabitants per square mile (545.8/km²). There were 32,280 housing units at an average density of 575.7 per square mile (222.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.55% White, 3.96% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 3.59% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.86% of the population.
There were 30,980 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the town, the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $51,817, and the median income for a family was $62,649. Males had a median income of $41,453 versus $30,763 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,231. About 3.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Town of Colonie operates and maintains over 850 acres of property and facilities, including the 130-acre Crossings Park, the 160-acre Mohawk River Park and Pool, the 12-acre Mohawk Riverside Landing Park, the 36-hole Town of Colonie Golf Course, the 43-acre Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park, a 5.5 mile section of the Mohawk Hudson Bike/Hike Trail, and other sports facilities and pocket parks.
Communities and locations
- Albany International Airport (ALB) -- An airport servicing Albany and the Capital District.
- Boght Corners—A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
- Colonie—An incorporated village in the southern part of the town.
- Crescent Station—A hamlet at the northernmost point of the town.
- Karner—A hamlet southwest of the village of Colonie.
- Dunsbach Ferry—A hamlet in the northwest part of the town at the Mohawk River.
- Latham—A hamlet near the center of the town.
- Lisha Kill—A hamlet in the northwest section of town, on Central Ave/ NY Route 5.
- Loudonville—A suburban hamlet near the Albany city line.
- Mannsville—Part of the Schuyler Heights Fire District and Watervliet City School District.
- Maplewood—A hamlet adjacent to Cohoes, Watervliet and Green Island.
- Maywood—A hamlet northwest of the Village of Colonie on Central Ave/ NY Route 5.
- Menands—An incorporated village in the eastern part of the town.
- Newtonville—A hamlet between Latham and Loudonville.
- Schuyler Heights—A hamlet north of Menands; south and west of Watervliet; east of Loudonville; lying on the west bank of the Hudson River. Part of the Schuyler Heights Fire District and Watervliet City School District and North Colonie School District.
- Roessleville—A suburban community near the city line of Albany.
- Shakers—A settlement southwest of Albany International Airport.
- Stanford Heights—A hamlet on the western edge of town, along the Schenectady County line.
- Verdoy—A hamlet north of Albany International Airport.
- West Albany—A hamlet on the southern edge of the town, along the Albany city line.
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