Caroga, New York
|Caroga, New York|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||James K. Selmser (R)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||54.2 sq mi (140.5 km2)|
|• Land||50.8 sq mi (131.7 km2)|
|• Water||3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)|
|Elevation||1,637 ft (499 m)|
|• Density||22/sq mi (8.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0978794|
The summer population of Caroga usually increases by more than 4,000 from the influx of tourists.
The town was first settled around 1783.
The name of the town is an altered spelling of Garoga [Creek].
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 54.2 square miles (140 km2), of which, 50.8 square miles (132 km2) of it is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) of it (6.25%) is water.
The north town line is the border of Hamilton County, New York.
Caroga is inside the Adirondack Park.
New York State Route 10 is a north-south highway in Caroga. New York State Route 29A is an east-west highway intersecting NY-10 near Pine Lake and then running southward as a conjoined highway to Caroga Lake village. New York State Route 10A branches off of NY-10 near Bradtville.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,407 people, 588 households, and 392 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.7 people per square mile (10.7/km²). There were 1,794 housing units at an average density of 35.3 per square mile (13.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.86% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.
There were 588 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% 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 2.87.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $34,911, and the median income for a family was $36,852. Males had a median income of $26,452 versus $22,067 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,048. About 6.7% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Caroga
- Bradtville – A location near the south town line on NY-10.
- Canada Lake – A hamlet north of Canada Lake [lake].
- Canada Lake – A lake located south of the community of Canada Lake and north of Caroga Lake, near the center of the town.
- Garoga Creek – A stream flowing southward through the town.
- Caroga Lake – A hamlet between East Caroga Lake and West Caroga Lake on NY-10.
- East Caroga Lake – A lake in the south-central part of the town, linked to West Caroga Lake.
- Glasgow Mills – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
- Newkirk (formerly "Newkirks Mills") – A hamlet southwest of Caroga Lake village on NY-10. It was once the principal settlement in the town.
- North Bush – A hamlet in the south part of the town on County Road 137 and the location of the first school in the town.
- Pine Lake – A lake north of Canada Lake and east of NY-10.
- Royal Mountain – A skiing area near the south town line.
- Stoner Lakes – Three linked lakes by the north town line.
- West Caroga Lake – A lake in the south central part of the town linked to East Caroga Lake.
- Wheelerville – A hamlet north of Caroga Lake village on NY-10.