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Ilion, New York
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Coordinates: 43°1′N 75°3′W / 43.017°N 75.050°W / 43.017; -75.050Coordinates: 43°1′N 75°3′W / 43.017°N 75.050°W / 43.017; -75.050
Country United States
State New York
County Herkimer
Towns German Flatts, Frankfort
 • Total 2.55 sq mi (6.61 km2)
 • Land 2.49 sq mi (6.46 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
407 ft (124 m)
 • Total 8,053
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,075.81/sq mi (1,187.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315 Exchanges: 894, 895
FIPS code 36-37275
GNIS feature ID 0953587

Ilion is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 7,790 at the 2017 census.

The village is at the northern edge of the town of German Flatts, though a tiny portion is in the town of Frankfort. It is south of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.


The area where Ilion is located was first settled by Palatine Germans under the Burnetsfield Patent around 1725. Settlers first established residencies along Steeles Creek, which flows through the current village into the Mohawk River. Many mills were set up along the creek. After the American Revolution, a small community was set up in the area named New London. This area of the village still has buildings which use the name London.

The community began to flourish starting around 1816 when Eliphalet Remington created his first rifle, which would later grow into the Remington Arms company. The community was even further advanced with the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.

In 1843 a post office was desired so a name for the settlement needed to be chosen. Remington rejected the use of his name as a name for the village, and it was eventually named Ilion. A popular, yet unverified rumor is that the application said Illium, but due to a misspelling or bad penmanship was interpreted as Ilion.

The Village of Ilion was incorporated in 1852. Ilion is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.

The Current Mayor is Terry A. Leonard .

The First United Methodist Church, Thomas Richardson House, Remington Stables, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,876
1880 3,711 29.0%
1890 4,057 9.3%
1900 5,138 26.6%
1910 6,588 28.2%
1920 10,169 54.4%
1930 9,890 −2.7%
1940 8,927 −9.7%
1950 9,363 4.9%
1960 10,199 8.9%
1970 9,808 −3.8%
1980 9,450 −3.7%
1990 8,888 −5.9%
2000 8,610 −3.1%
2010 8,053 −6.5%
2019 (est.) 7,668 −4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,610 people, 3,425 households, and 2,212 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,476.6 people per square mile (1,340.5/km2). There were 3,623 housing units at an average density of 1,462.9 per square mile (564.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.35% White, 0.66% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

There were 3,425 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,793, and the median income for a family was $38,203. Males had a median income of $30,069 versus $21,754 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,264. About 14.1% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.3% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.


Ilion is located at 43°1′N 75°3′W / 43.017°N 75.050°W / 43.017; -75.050. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (4.0 km²), of which 2.5 square miles (4.0 km²) is land and around 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of which (3.30%) is water. The village is on the south bank of the Mohawk River and is directly east of the village of Mohawk.

New York State Route 5S, an east-west highway, passes through the north side of the village. New York State Route 51 (Central Avenue/Otsego Street), a north-south highway, passes through the village center and has its northern terminus north of the village at New York State Route 5.

Notable people

  • Boots Day, Major League Baseball player
  • Christine McConnell, baker, artist, and YouTube celebrity.
  • Andrew D. Morgan, lawyer and former chairman of the New York State Hospital Commission
  • Eliphalet Remington, founder of Remington Arms
  • May Gorslin Preston Slosson, educator and suffragette
  • Peter H. Turner, Wisconsin politician
  • Frank T. Trimboli, Kansas politician
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