Coeymans, New York

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Coeymans
Town
Alcove Reservoir
Alcove Reservoir
Location in Albany County and the state of New York.
Location in Albany County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°28′26″N 73°47′32″W / 42.47389°N 73.79222°W / 42.47389; -73.79222Coordinates: 42°28′26″N 73°47′32″W / 42.47389°N 73.79222°W / 42.47389; -73.79222
Country United States
State New York
County Albany
Settled 1639
Incorporated 1791
Government
 • Type Town Council
 • Supervisor Stephen D. Flach
 • Town Council
Area
 • Total 53.1 sq mi (137.5 km2)
 • Land 50.2 sq mi (129.9 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)  5.50%
Elevation 1,467 ft (447 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,418
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12143 (Ravena)
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-16694
GNIS feature ID 0978845
Website Town of Coeymans

Coeymans is a town in Albany County, New York, USA. The population was 7,418 at the 2010 census. The town is named after an early settler, who was the patent-holder for the area. The town is in the southeast part of the county, south of Albany, New York.

The Powell & Minnock Brick Yard, just north of the Hamlet on Rt. 144, was used as the assembly site for a new swing span for the 145th Street Bridge in 2006. The site was chosen because of a lack of space closer to the city.

History[edit]

Barent Pieteres Koijemans first arrived in 1639 from Holland. He became an apprentice at a mill owned by the Van Rensselaers.[1] He purchased the land and obtained a patent in 1673.[2]

Coeymans was formed from part of the town of Watervliet in 1791. In 1815, part of the town was used to make the new town of Westerlo.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.1 square miles (137.5 km²), of which, 50.2 square miles (129.9 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) of it (5.50%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Greene County, and the east town line, marked by the Hudson River, is the border of Rensselaer County.

Interstate 87 and U.S. Route 9W pass through the town.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census,[3] there were 8,151 people, 3,121 households, and 2,184 families residing in the town. The population density was 162.5 people per square mile (62.7/km²). There were 3,404 housing units at an average density of 67.8 per square mile (26.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.61% White, 2.13% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population.

There were 3,121 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,742, and the median income for a family was $57,808. Males had a median income of $41,197 versus $28,038 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,686. About 5.7% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

The Economy of Coeymans is driven largely by Lafarge Cement Plant, and Port of Coeymans which was developed over the former site of the Powell and Minnock brick plant on the shore of the Hudson River. The Lafarge Cement Plant generates approximately 1.8 million tons of cement per year, which is distributed throughout North America.[4] The relatively new and developing Port of Coeymans seeks to focus on environmentally friendly business as a recycling hub for the Albany area.[5]

Communities and locations in Coeymans[edit]

  • Alcove – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town, east of the Alcove Reservoir.
  • Alcove Reservoir – A reservoir at the western town line.
  • Aquetuck – A hamlet near the south town line.
  • Coeymans – A hamlet and census-designated place in the southeast part of the town by the Hudson River and is located on Route 144.
  • Callahans Corners – A location on the north town line.
  • Coeymans Hollow – A hamlet east of Alcove.
  • Keefers Corners – A location in the northwest part of the town.
  • Ravena – A village in the south part of the town on Route 9W.
  • Roah Hook – A hamlet north of Coeymans hamlet on the bank of the Hudson River.

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