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Queensbury
Town
Motto: Home of Natural Beauty ... A Good Place to Live
Location of Queensbury within Warren County
Location of Queensbury within Warren County
Country United States
State New York
County Warren
Established 1786
Named for Queen Charlotte
Area
 • Total 64.81 sq mi (167.9 km2)
 • Land 63.01 sq mi (163.2 km2)
 • Water 1.80 sq mi (4.7 km2)  2.78%
Elevation 393 ft (120 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 27,901
 • Density 403.8/sq mi (155.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12804
Area code(s) 518
Official butterfly Karner Blue
Website http://www.queensbury.net/

Queensbury is a town in Warren County, New York, United States. The population was 27,901 at the 2010 census. It contains the county seat of Warren County, located at a municipal center complex on U.S. Route 9 south of the village of Lake George. It was moved to the complex in 1963 from the original county seat of Lake George. The town is located in the southeastern corner of the county and is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is named in honor of Queen Charlotte, the consort of George III of Great Britain and Ireland. Although primarily located north of the city of Glens Falls, Queensbury surrounds the city on three sides.

The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, a Six Flags theme park, is located in northwest Queensbury. West Mountain, a downhill skiing area, is located in the southwestern part of town.

History

Major efforts at settlement began with the Queensbury Patent in 1762, which enticed Quaker settlers to move into the area known as the "Township of Queensbury" the next year. The Quakers left during the Revolutionary War and returned in 1783 when hostilities ended in the area.

In 1786, the town was re-established as the town of Queensbury. In 1788, the town included all of what is today Warren County. It lost territory in 1792 when the town of Fairfield (Lake Luzerne) was formed and again in 1810 to form part of the town of Caldwell (Lake George). In 1908, the then largest village within Queensbury, Glens Falls, incorporated as a city and became a separate municipality. The population of Queensbury has exceeded that of Glens Falls since the 1980 Census.

In 2003, with permission from Queensbury, Glens Falls annexed approximately 49 acres (0.20 km2) of the town. The land, known as Veterans Field or the Northway Industrial Park, is on Veterans Road between Luzerne Road and Sherman Avenue and is just east of I-87. The land was vacant at the time. A thin, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) strip of Sherman Avenue was part of this annexation, in order to comply with state law regarding contiguity of annexed land. Both the city and town now share ownership of this stretch of highway as a result.

The Sanford House and Asa Stower House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.81 square miles (167.9 km2), of which 63.01 square miles (163.2 km2) is land and 1.80 square miles (4.7 km2) (2.78%) is water.

The west town line is the border with the town of Lake Luzerne. The south town line is defined by the border with the city of Glens Falls and the Hudson River, across which lies Saratoga County, New York. The east town line is the border of Washington County, New York. The northern border is defined by the town of Lake George and, at least according to the town and Warren County, by the shoreline of the body of water, Lake George, itself. However, several maps, including those published by the USGS depict the northern boundary as including part of the lake, including Speaker Heck Island and Happy Family Islands.

Parts of western and northern Queensbury are within the Adirondack Park.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,433
1830 3,080 26.6%
1840 3,789 23.0%
1850 2,597 −31.5%
1860 7,146 175.2%
1870 8,387 17.4%
1880 9,805 16.9%
1890 2,340 −76.1%
1900 2,377 1.6%
1910 2,667 12.2%
1920 2,584 −3.1%
1930 3,169 22.6%
1940 4,199 32.5%
1950 5,907 40.7%
1960 10,004 69.4%
1970 14,506 45.0%
1980 18,978 30.8%
1990 22,630 19.2%
2000 25,441 12.4%
2010 27,901 9.7%
Est. 2014 27,675 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,441 people, 9,948 households, and 7,162 families residing in the town. The population density was 403.8 people per square mile (155.9/km²). There were 11,223 housing units at an average density of 178.1 per square mile (68.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.54% White, 0.55% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 9,948 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,225, and the median income for a family was $54,880. Males had a median income of $39,260 versus $25,036 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,096. About 3.8% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Historical census population

Year Population Ref
1790 1,080
1800 1,435
1810
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1820 2,433
1830
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1840
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1850 5,314
1860 7,146
1870 8,387
1880 9,805
1890 11,849
1900 14,990
1910 2,667
1920
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1930 3,169
1940 4,199
1950 5,907
1960 10,004
1970 14,506
1980 18,978
1990 22,630
2000 25,441

Culture

Queensbury was the home of the Lake George Opera Festival from 1965 to 1998. During this period, the festival was held in the 875-seat Queensbury High School auditorium, producing three to seven operas per year.

Communities and locations in Queensbury

  • Aviation Mall – shopping center on Aviation Road.
  • Brayton – A hamlet in the northeastern part of town.
  • East Lake George – A hamlet in the northern part of the town and including part of the town of Fort Ann, located in Washington County. The hamlet attempted to incorporate as a village, a measure rejected by voters in 2010.
  • Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport (GFL) – An airport, formerly known as the Warren County Airport, in the southeastern part of the town.
  • French Mountain – A hamlet northwest of Glen Lake that shares its name with the mountain to its northeast.
  • Glen Lake – A lake and hamlet north of Glens Falls North.
  • Glens Falls North – a census-designated place along the northern borders of Glens Falls and West Glens Falls.
  • The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom – Six Flags affiliated amusement park located in Queensbury; opened 1954 as Storytown, U.S.A.
  • Harrisena – A hamlet roughly following State Route 9L in the northern section of the town which borders Lake George. Granted to American Revolutionary War spy Moses Harris for his service in the war.
  • Kattskill Bay – A hamlet in the northeastern-most area of the town.
  • Lake Sunnyside – A small lake and hamlet in the east-central portion of the town.
  • Oneida Corners – A hamlet at the modern junction of Sunnyside Road and State Route 9L.
  • Paradise Beach – A hamlet in the vicinity of The Great Escape and Round Pond on County Route 17.
  • Queensbury – A hamlet located in the east part of the town near the Queensbury-Kingsbury-Fort Ann town lines.
  • West Glens Falls – A hamlet and census-designated place bordering the west side of the city of Glens Falls.
  • Other hamlets: Jenkinsville, South Queensbury, Top O' the World, West Mountain

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