Hope, New York
|Hope, New York|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Robert Edwards (R)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||41.6 sq mi (107.8 km2)|
|• Land||40.7 sq mi (105.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)|
|Elevation||1,165 ft (355 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979073|
The Town of Hope is in the southeast corner of the county and is 49 miles (79 km) northwest of Schenectady.
The town was first settled around 1790 near the south town line.
The Town of Hope was formed in 1818 from part of the Town of Wells. The size was increased by part of the Town of Lake Pleasant in 1847. In 1860, the western part of Hope was used to form the Town of Benson.
In 1820, the census showed a population of about 600.
An iron pigment mine once existed in the north part of town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.6 square miles (108 km2), of which, 40.7 square miles (105 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (2.09%) is water.
The Sacandaga River flows southward through the west part of Hope.
New York State Route 30 is a north-south highway near the Sacandaga River.
As of the census of 2000, there were 392 people, 155 households, and 113 families residing in the town. The population density was 9.6 people per square mile (3.7/km²). There were 296 housing units at an average density of 7.3 per square mile (2.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.49% White, 0.26% African American and 0.26% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.
There were 155 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $32,000. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,225. About 7.8% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Hope
- Bennett Lake – A small lake north of Hope Falls.
- Hope – The hamlet of Hope, previously called Hope Center, is on NY-30 and the east bank of the Sacandaga River.
- Hope Falls – A hamlet east of Hope village on Hope Falls Road.
- Maple Grove – A location in the southeast corner of Hope.
- Middle Lake – A small lake between Bennet Lake and Murphy Lake.
- Murphy Lake – A small lake in the northern part of Hope.
- Sacandaga River' – A river flowing through the town. Groff creek is a tributary and hiking trail beside it.
Adjacent towns and areas
Benson, New York is to the west, and the Town of Wells is to the north. The Towns of Day and Edinburg in Saratoga County are on the east border. Northampton, Fulton County, New York is the south border.