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Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York is located in New York
Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York
Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York
Location in New York
Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York is located in the United States
Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York
Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Herkimer
Town German Flatts
 • Total 0.90 sq mi (2.34 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.27 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
410 ft (125 m)
 • Total 2,731
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,883.56/sq mi (1,113.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-47823
GNIS feature ID 0957470

Mohawk is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 2,731 at the 2010 census. The village was named after the adjacent Mohawk River.

The village is at the northern border of the town of German Flatts and adjacent to the Erie Canal. Mohawk is southeast of Utica.


Mohawk was settled by Palatine Germans after 1722.

In 1725, the Queen of England and Governor Burnet granted Mohawk to the Palatine Germans in what was known as the Burnetsfield Patent.

George Washington was known to stop in Mohawk to have lunch at the Shoemaker Tavern on his way to and from Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY.

Mohawk became known as Bennetts Corners after a hotel stand that was located here in 1826.

In 1838, the village officially became known as Mohawk.

The village was incorporated on April 16, 1844. The first President of the Village, Frederick Bellinger came into office on May 4 of that same year.

The first Mayor of Mohawk was James V. Casey, he was elected in 1960. The current mayor is Jim Baron.

Mohawk 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.

Among famous Mohawk natives are Francis E. Spinner, who served as Treasurer of the United States during and after the Civil War and was celebrated for his distinctive signature as well as the first federal official to employ women, and Gregory Jarvis, who died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster. The local high school, which was repurposed into a middle school following the Mohawk school district's merger with the Ilion school district, is named after him. Other famous natives of Mohawk include Walter G. Bruska, distinguished Cornell University alumnus, nationally recognized collegiate football player, and vice president of several prominent American universities and Robert E. Fistick, also a Cornell alumnus, noted national journalist and newspaper publisher with Gannett, Hearst, and Whitney publishing organizations and later a deputy director at The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

On March 13, 2013, two people were shot to death and two others were injured at a barbershop in Mohawk, by 64-year-old Kurt Myers, who committed a killing spree throughout Herkimer County that day. Prior to the shootings Myers engulfed the apartment he was residing at and nearly killed a couple with a newborn child. Myers then drove less than 200 yards to John's Barbershop where two clients were killed and two wounded by shotgun blasts. Myers then drove to Herkimer where he shot to death two people at a car wash in the village of Herkimer. He was eventually located and cornered at the closed Glory Days bar in Herkimer. Myers was shot and killed by police the next day in Herkimer.


Mohawk is located at 43°0′37″N 75°0′18″W / 43.01028°N 75.00500°W / 43.01028; -75.00500 (43.010194, -75.005022).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.30%) is water.

The village is on the South bank of the Mohawk River.

Mohawk is east of the Village of Ilion and on the opposite shore of the Mohawk River from the Village of Herkimer.

New York State Route 5S, an east-west highway, lies between the village and the Mohawk River. New York State Route 28 (Warren Street/Columbia Street) is a north-south highway. In addition, New York State Route 168 (Hammond Street) has its western terminus in the village.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,464
1880 1,441 −1.6%
1890 1,806 25.3%
1900 2,028 12.3%
1910 2,079 2.5%
1920 2,919 40.4%
1930 2,835 −2.9%
1940 2,882 1.7%
1950 3,196 10.9%
1960 3,533 10.5%
1970 3,301 −6.6%
1980 2,956 −10.5%
1990 2,986 1.0%
2000 2,660 −10.9%
2010 2,731 2.7%
Est. 2019 2,526 −7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,660 people, 1,146 households, and 708 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,009.8 people per square mile (1,167.1/km2). There were 1,233 housing units at an average density of 1,395.1 per square mile (541.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.42% White, 0.49% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

There were 1,146 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,439, and the median income for a family was $39,185. Males had a median income of $29,915 versus $20,918 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,469. About 5.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Mohawk students get their education from the Central Valley Central School District, a merger between the Ilion and Mohawk Central School Districts that took effect early in 2013. The sports teams of Central Valley call themselves the Thunder, and their school colors are light blue, navy, yellow and white. Prior to this, Mohawk had called their teams the "Mohicans", and their school colors were orange, black, and white. The last graduating class of Mohawk Central School District was in 2013 and consisted of 54 students. The Mohawk Nation occupied the Mohawk Valley.

Harry M. Fisher Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mohawk, New York that is now part of the Central Valley School District and goes up to first grade.

Notable people

  • Gregory Jarvis, engineer who died during the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, where he was serving as Payload Specialist. The local middle school, Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School, is named after him.
  • Carl Edgar Myers, balloon inventor and aeronautical engineer scientist
  • Mary Myers, the first female to solo fly a lighter-than-air passenger balloon
  • Leigh and Leslie Keno, antique appraisers, longtime contributors to Antiques Roadshow.
  • Francis E. Spinner, Treasurer of the United States during and after the Civil War; celebrated for his distinctive signature and for being the first federal official to employ women.
  • Robert E. Fistick, Noted national journalist and newspaper publisher with the Gannett, Hearst, and Whitney publishing organizations, and later a deputy director at The Library of Congress.
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