Copake Lake, New York

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Copake Lake, New York
Nickname(s): THE BEST
Motto: "It's always better at the lake!"
Copake Lake, New York is located in New York
Copake Lake, New York
Copake Lake, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°8′50″N 73°35′51″W / 42.14722°N 73.59750°W / 42.14722; -73.59750Coordinates: 42°8′50″N 73°35′51″W / 42.14722°N 73.59750°W / 42.14722; -73.59750
Country United States
State New York
County Columbia
 • Total 10.3 sq mi (26.7 km2)
 • Land 9.6 sq mi (24.8 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation 719 ft (219 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 823
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-18124
GNIS feature ID 1852895
Sunset on Copake Lake

Copake Lake is a community (and census-designated place) in Southern Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 823 at the 2010 census.

Copake Lake census region is named after Copake Lake, a lake by the west town line of the Town of Copake. Copake means "snake pond" in the native language.

Located about 95 miles north of New York City, Copake Lake has become one of the top second-home-buying markets in the New York City region as other expensive, overcrowded, New York second-home communities such as the Hamptons are slowly falling out of favor.


Copake Lake is located at 42°8′50″N 73°35′51″W / 42.14722°N 73.59750°W / 42.14722; -73.59750 (42.147128, -73.597614).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.3 square miles (27 km2), of which, 9.6 square miles (25 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (7.07%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 762 people, 302 households, and 205 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 79.4 per square mile (30.7/km²). There were 811 housing units at an average density of 84.6/sq mi (32.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.19% White, 0.39% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.79% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

There were 302 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% 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 3.02.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.9 males.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.