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Town of Horicon
Location of Horicon in Warren County
Location of Horicon in Warren County
Country United States
State New York
County Warren
Area
 • Total 71.8 sq mi (186.0 km2)
 • Land 66.1 sq mi (171.1 km2)
 • Water 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
Elevation
804 ft (245 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 1,479
 • Density 22.4/sq mi (8.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
12815
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-35639
GNIS feature ID 0979076

Horicon is a town in Warren County, New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. Horicon's population was 1,479 at the 2000 census.

Horicon is on the county's north border and is inside the Adirondack Park.

History

Horicon was first settled around 1800. The town was formed in 1838 from parts of the towns of Hague and Bolton.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 71.8 square miles (186 km2), of which, 66.1 square miles (171 km2) of it is land and 5.7 square miles (15 km2) of it (7.98%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Essex County, New York.

New York State Route 8 crosses the town, forming a major east-west highway.

The town is also the site of the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, a Boy Scout camp owned by the Westchester-Putnam Council of Hawthorne, New York.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 659
1850 1,152 74.8%
1860 1,542 33.9%
1870 1,500 −2.7%
1880 1,633 8.9%
1890 1,582 −3.1%
1900 1,136 −28.2%
1910 1,001 −11.9%
1920 754 −24.7%
1930 800 6.1%
1940 850 6.3%
1950 791 −6.9%
1960 833 5.3%
1970 890 6.8%
1980 1,082 21.6%
1990 1,269 17.3%
2000 1,479 16.5%
2010 1,389 −6.1%
Est. 2014 1,375 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,479 people, 642 households, and 446 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.4 people per square mile (8.6/km²). There were 1,767 housing units at an average density of 26.7 per square mile (10.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.58% White, 0.20% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 642 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,481, and the median income for a family was $41,184. Males had a median income of $31,196 versus $21,908 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,608. About 6.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 0.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Horicon

  • Adirondack – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town by Schroon Lake. This hamlet has ZIP code 12808.
  • Brant Lake – A lake dominating the central part of the town; also a hamlet at the west end of the lake, located on Route 8.
  • Pottersville – A hamlet near the west town line by Schroon Lake. This hamlet has its larger part in the town of Chester. This hamlet has ZIP code 12860.
  • Schroon Lake – A lake partly in the northwest part of the town. This hamlet has ZIP code 12870.
  • South Horicon – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
  • Starbuckville – A hamlet west of Brant Lake hamlet.
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