Hoosick, New York

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Hoosick, New York
Buskirk Bridge
Location in Rensselaer County and the state of New York.
Location in Rensselaer County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°54′8″N 73°21′18″W / 42.90222°N 73.35500°W / 42.90222; -73.35500
Country United States
State New York
County Rensselaer
 • Town Supervisor Mark Surdam (R)&(D)
 • Deputy Town Supervisor Jeff Wysocki (R)
 • Total 63.2 sq mi (163.6 km2)
 • Land 63.0 sq mi (163.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 407 ft (124 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,924
 • Density 110/sq mi (42/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12089
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-35463
GNIS feature ID 0979072

Hoosick is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 6,924 at the 2010 census. It was named from the Hoosic River.[1]

The Town of Hoosick is in the northeast corner of Rensselaer county.


The town of Hoosick was organized in 1788,[2] in Albany County, three years before the creation of Rensselaer County in 1791.[3] The region was formerly the District of Hoosick (1772) and previous to that the Hoosick Patent (1688).

The Battle of Bennington of the American Revolution was fought northeast of Hoosick, on a farm owned by John Green,[4] in the community of Walloomsac.

Past residents of note[edit]

Among the notable natives of Hoosick are:

  • Chester Arthur, US President lived in Hoosick for a period of time.
  • (Big Band Singers) Bob Eberly and Ray Eberle
  • Romulus Whitaker, Indian herpetologist.
  • Simon Fraser - Born in Mapletown, town of Hoosick. He was an explorer who charted much of what is now British Columbia. A river, mountain, and Simon Fraser University there are named after him.
  • Joshua Furnas, Athlete, Entrepreneur, Advocate
  • Eugene Goossen (1921–1997), art critic and historian,[5] and his wife Patricia Johanson (b. 1940), noted environmental sculptor, in Buskirk hamlet.
  • Harriet Hoctor - Dancer
  • Jenny Holzer, famous post-modern installation artist, currently resides in Hoosick.
  • Phipps W. Lake (1789-1860), member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, was born in Hoosick.
  • Grandma Moses (1860-1961) - Famous painter whose work was first discovered in a Hoosick Falls drugstore in 1938,[6] is buried in Hoosick.
  • John Palmer (1785–1840), who served two non-consecutive terms in the United States Congress.
  • William David Thomas (1880-1936), member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 29th District, from 1933 until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1936. Pharmacist and owner of the Thomas Pharmacy in Hoosick Falls where Grandma Moses' paintings were discovered. Buried at Maplegrove Cemetery in the village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.2 square miles (164 km2), of which, 63.0 square miles (163 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.21%) is water.

The north town line is the boundary of Washington County, New York, and the east town line is the border of Vermont. The Hoosic River is an important waterway in the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 3,375
1830 3,582 6.1%
1840 3,539 −1.2%
1850 3,724 5.2%
1860 4,446 19.4%
1870 5,728 28.8%
1880 7,914 38.2%
1890 10,471 32.3%
1900 8,631 −17.6%
1910 8,315 −3.7%
1920 6,858 −17.5%
1930 7,026 2.4%
1940 6,549 −6.8%
1950 6,520 −0.4%
1960 6,490 −0.5%
1970 6,651 2.5%
1980 6,732 1.2%
1990 6,696 −0.5%
2000 6,759 0.9%
2010 6,924 2.4%
Est. 2014 6,835 [7] −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 6,759 people, 2,620 households, and 1,823 families residing in the town. The population density was 107.3 people per square mile (41.4/km²). There were 2,892 housing units at an average density of 45.9 per square mile (17.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.49% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 2,620 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,304, and the median income for a family was $46,442. Males had a median income of $35,899 versus $24,211 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,614. About 5.3% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Hoosick[edit]

Delany hotel, the hamlet of North Hoosick
  • Buskirk (formerly "Buskirk Bridge") – A hamlet in the northwest corner of the town on Route 67. The Buskirk Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[10]
  • Eagle Bridge – A hamlet east of Buskirk on Route 67.
  • East Buskirk – A hamlet south of Buskirk on Route 103.
  • East Hoosick – A hamlet east of Hoosick Falls near the east town line.
    • Mapletown – A neighbourhood within East Hoosick
  • Hoosick (or "Hoosick Corners") – A hamlet south of Hoosick Falls in the southeast part of the town.
  • Hoosick Falls – The Village of Hoosick Falls is near the center of the town.
  • Hoosick Junction – A location northwest of Hoosick Falls.
  • North Hoosick (formerly "St. Croix") – A hamlet north of Hoosick Falls on Route 22.
  • Potterville – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town on Route 7.
  • Southwest Hoosick – A hamlet near the west town line and south of West Hoosick.
  • Trumanville – A former community, now part of Hoosick Falls.
  • Walloomsac – A hamlet east of North Hoosick on Route 67.
  • West Hoosick – A hamlet west of Hoosick Falls and near the west town line.
  • White Creek Station – A location in the northeast corner of the town.


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Coordinates: 42°51′45″N 73°19′41″W / 42.86250°N 73.32806°W / 42.86250; -73.32806