Nassau (town), New York

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Nassau, New York
Location within Rensselaer County and New York
Location within Rensselaer County and New York
Nassau, New York is located in New York
Nassau, New York
Nassau, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°33′N 73°33′W / 42.550°N 73.550°W / 42.550; -73.550Coordinates: 42°33′N 73°33′W / 42.550°N 73.550°W / 42.550; -73.550
Country United States
State New York
County Rensselaer
Incorporated 1806 (as Town of Philipstown)
 • Supervisor David Fleming 
 • Total 45.2 sq mi (117.1 km2)
 • Land 44.5 sq mi (115.4 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,789
 • Density 110/sq mi (41/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12123
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-49517
GNIS feature ID 0979250
Website Town of Nassau, New York
Not to be confused with Nassau County or the village of Nassau.

Nassau is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, USA. The population was 4,789 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Nassau is at the southern border of the county.


The region was first settled around 1760. The town was originally formed as the "Town of Philipstown" in 1806 from parts of the Towns of Petersburgh, Schodack, and Stephentown. The town changed its name to "Nassau" in 1808.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.2 square miles (117.1 km²), of which, 44.5 square miles (115.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (1.46%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Columbia County, New York.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,818 people, 1,851 households, and 1,330 families residing in the town. The population density was 108.2 people per square mile (41.8/km²). There were 2,058 housing units at an average density of 46.2 per square mile (17.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.66% White, 1.08% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,851 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,526, and the median income for a family was $53,313. Males had a median income of $38,981 versus $26,804 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,785. About 5.9% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Nassau[edit]

  • Alps – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town. The name stems from the mountainous terrain.
  • Denault Corners – A hamlet on the north town line.
  • Dunham Hollow- A hamlet in the extreme northeast part of the town
  • East Nassau – The Village of East Nassau is on the eastern town line.
  • Hoag's Corners – A hamlet near the east town line.
  • Jack's Corners – A hamlet 3 miles east of the Village of Nassau
  • Millers Corners – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Nassau – The Village of Nassau is at the west town line.
  • North Nassau – A hamlet in the north part of the town.


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