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Essex County, New York
Seal of Essex County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Essex County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the USA highlighting New York
New York's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1799
Seat Elizabethtown
Largest town North Elba
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,916 sq mi (4,962 km²)
1,794 sq mi (4,646 km²)
122 sq mi (316 km²), 6.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

39,370
22/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.essex.ny.us
Named for: Essex
County flag Flag of Essex County, New York

Essex County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,370. Its county seat is the hamlet of Elizabethtown. Its name is from the English county of Essex. Along with Hamilton County, Essex is entirely within the Adirondack Park.

History

When counties were established in the state of New York in 1683, the present Essex County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York state as well as all of the present state of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766, by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont. On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Charlotte County, contained the eastern portion.

House at John Brown's Farm
John Brown's Farm

In 1784, the name "Charlotte County" was changed to Washington County to honor George Washington, the American Revolutionary War general and later President of the United States of America.

In 1788, Clinton County was split off from Washington County. This was a much larger area than the present Clinton County, including several other counties or county parts of the present New York state (near Clunes).

Essex County was split from Clinton County in 1799.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,916 square miles (4,960 km2), of which 1,794 square miles (4,650 km2) is land and 122 square miles (320 km2) (6.4%) is water. It is the second-largest county in New York by land area and third-largest by total area.

Essex County is in the northeastern part of New York state, just west of Vermont along the eastern boundary of the state. The eastern boundary of Essex County is Lake Champlain, which serves as the New YorkVermont border at an elevation of just under 100 feet (30.5 m). The highest natural point in New York, Mount Marcy at 5,344 feet (1,629 m), is in the town of Keene.

The Ausable River forms a partial northern boundary for the county.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 9,477
1820 12,811 35.2%
1830 19,287 50.6%
1840 23,634 22.5%
1850 31,148 31.8%
1860 28,214 −9.4%
1870 29,042 2.9%
1880 34,515 18.8%
1890 33,052 −4.2%
1900 30,707 −7.1%
1910 33,458 9.0%
1920 31,871 −4.7%
1930 33,959 6.6%
1940 34,178 0.6%
1950 35,086 2.7%
1960 35,300 0.6%
1970 34,631 −1.9%
1980 36,176 4.5%
1990 37,152 2.7%
2000 38,851 4.6%
2010 39,370 1.3%
Est. 2015 38,478 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 38,851 people, 15,028 households, and 9,828 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 23,115 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.84% White, 2.81% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races; 2.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the population, 22.0% were of French, 16.3% Irish, 13.0% English, 8.6% German, 7.1% American and 6.2% Italian ancestry; 95.2% spoke English, 2.2% Spanish, and 1.3% French as their first language.

There were 15,028 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.60% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 107.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,823, and the median income for a family was $41,927. Males had a median income of $30,952 versus $22,205 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,194. Of the population, 11.60% of individuals, 7.80% of families, 14.50% of those under the age of 18, and 8.60% of those 65 and older, were living below the poverty line.

Transportation

Harris Lake
Harris Lake in Newcomb

Airports

The following public use airports are located in the county:

  • Lake Placid Airport (LKP) – Lake Placid
  • Marcy Field (1I1) – Keene
  • Schroon Lake Airport (4B7) – Schroon Lake
  • Ticonderoga Municipal Airport (4B6) – Ticonderoga

Essex County Public Transportation

Communities

Towns

Villages

Census-designated places

Hamlets


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