Scotia, New York

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Scotia, New York
Village
Scotia, New York is located in New York
Scotia, New York
Scotia, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°50′N 73°58′W / 42.833°N 73.967°W / 42.833; -73.967Coordinates: 42°50′N 73°58′W / 42.833°N 73.967°W / 42.833; -73.967
Country United States
State New York
County Schenectady
Town Glenville
Area
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 243 ft (74 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,729
 • Density 4,400/sq mi (1,700/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12302
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-65893
GNIS feature ID 0964672
Website www.villageofscotia.org

Scotia is a village in Schenectady County, New York, United States, incorporated in 1904. The population was 7,729 at the 2010 census.[1] Scotia is part of the town of Glenville, and is connected with the city of Schenectady by the Western Gateway Bridge[2] over the Mohawk River.

History[edit]

The land was purchased by Alexander Lindsay Glen, a native of Scotland, from the Mohawk people in the 17th century. Glen named his estate Scotia (Latin for "Scotland") after his home country.[3] Scotia was the location of a military encampment during both the French and Indian War of 1754 and again during the War of 1812.[3] During the 1800s, Scotia was known for its production of brooms, over 1 million annually for a time.[3] In the 20th century, Scotia became a thriving bedroom community for employees of Schenectady employers such as General Electric. During World War II the Scotia Naval Supply Depot (1942-1971) employed over 2000 workers.[4]

Historic buildings:

Geography[edit]

Scotia is on the north bank of the Mohawk River at 42°50′N 73°58′W / 42.833°N 73.967°W / 42.833; -73.967 (42.8313, -73.9654).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 5.82%, is water.[11]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 7,957 people, 3,233 households, and 2,014 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,661.6 people per square mile (1,796.6/km²). There were 3,410 housing units at an average density of 1,997.7 per square mile (769.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.75% White, 0.8% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 3,233 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,028, and the median income for a family was $51,449. Males had a median income of $38,074 versus $27,946 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,386. About 5.9% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Community[edit]

Aerial photo: Collins Park and vicinity

Scotia is served by the Scotia-Glenville Central School District. Schools located in the village of Scotia include Lincoln and Sacandaga Elementary Schools, while Scotia-Glenville High School and Scotia-Glenville Middle School stand just outside the village limits. The private Mekeel Christian Academy occupies the former Scotia High School building in the village. Local residents may enjoy pastimes at all seasons in Collins Park and nearby Freedom Park. Winter events include sledding and ice skating, while summer activities include baseball, tennis, swimming, pond and river fishing, picnicking, concerts, and waterskiing on the Mohawk River.

Transportation[edit]

Scotia is served by the historic New York Route 5, and is the terminus for both Route 50 and Route 147 providing access to Saratoga County. The Route 5 link to Schenectady is over the Western Gateway Bridge, originally built in 1923-25, and replaced in 1971.[13] Scotia was formerly served by railways, including the New York Central (which operated a switch yard in the village), the Delaware and Hudson, and the Boston and Maine, as well as the electric Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville interurban line. Two nearby airports, located in the town of Glenville, serve the village: Mohawk Valley Airport is a privately owned airport for public use located three nautical miles (6 km) along State Route 5, northwest of the village of Scotia.[14][15] Schenectady County Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located two nautical miles (3 km) north-northeast of the village of Scotia.

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