Clifton Park, New York

Coordinates: 42°52′N 73°49′W / 42.867°N 73.817°W / 42.867; -73.817
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Clifton Park
The town's rest area on I-87
The town's rest area on I-87
Location within Saratoga County
Location within Saratoga County
Clifton Park is located in New York
Clifton Park
Clifton Park
Location within the state of New York
Clifton Park is located in the United States
Clifton Park
Clifton Park
Clifton Park (the United States)
Coordinates: 42°52′N 73°49′W / 42.867°N 73.817°W / 42.867; -73.817
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total50.21 sq mi (130.03 km2)
 • Land48.20 sq mi (124.84 km2)
 • Water2.00 sq mi (5.19 km2)
318 ft (97 m)
 • Total38,029
 • Density762.52/sq mi (294.41/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code518
FIPS code36-16353
GNIS feature ID0978839

Clifton Park is a suburban town in Saratoga County, New York, United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, the 2020 population was 38,029. The name is derived from an early land patent.[4] The town is in the southern part of Saratoga County, approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of Albany, 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Schenectady, and 10 miles (16 km) south of Saratoga Springs.


The Indigenous Mohawks and Mohicans referred to the area as Canastigione, meaning corn flats.[5][6] The first settlements in what is now Clifton Park were established in the 17th century.[7] The town or area was named in 1707 by Nanning Harmansen.[8] At that time, Nanning Harmansen sent letters to Lord Cornbury requesting letters of Patent for Land he bought from the Indigenous Americans.[9][8] He also stated in this correspondence that he wanted the patent to be known by "Your name of Cliftons Park", and the patent was named the Clifton Park Patent. The Iroqouis name for the Clifton Park Patent was Shenendehowa[10] (meaning "Great Plains")[11] which is where the school district derives gets its name.[12]

The area along the Mohawk River was popular for ferries across the waterbed, with Eldert Vischer opening the crossing known as Vischer Ferry in 1783. To the northwest, Edward Rexford established Rexford Flats, a small community on the riverbank at the northern end of what became NY 146B.[7]

In 1828, the town of Clifton Park was created as "Clifton" from the town of Halfmoon, but was renamed Clifton Park a year later.[7] It was the last town created in Saratoga County. The town originally consisted of farmland with a small village of homes, churches and businesses on what is now U.S. Route 9, but saw a large demographic change when Interstate 87 was built through the town in 1961.[13]

The Grooms Tavern Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[14] The Mohawk Valley Grange Hall was added in 2012.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.2 square miles (130 km2), of which 48.6 square miles (126 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (3.29%) is water.

The town's southern boundary is defined by the Mohawk River and is the border between Saratoga County and Schenectady and Albany counties.

Interstate 87 (the "Adirondack Northway") and U.S. Route 9 pass through the eastern part of the town. New York State Route 146 is an east–west highway through most of the center of Clifton Park until it takes a 90 degree turn southward, passing east of the hamlet of Rexford and then crossing the Rexford bridge into the Town of Niskayuna in Schenectady County.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[2]

As of the census[15] of 2008, there were over 37,707 people, 13,782 households, and 10,077 families residing in the town. There were 14,262 housing units. The racial makeup of the town was 92.2% White, 2.0% African American, 0.02% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races.

There were 13,782 households, out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 27% under the age of 20, 5.5% from 20 to 24, 15.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.2 years. For 18 and older, there were 49.2% males and 50.8% females.

The median income for a household in the town was $82,850, and the median income for a family was $98,275. Males had a median income of $68,417 versus $46,948 for females. The per capita income for the town was $37,405. About 1.4% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.


There are many opportunities for youth involvement in typical sports teams such as football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, wrestling and hockey. Adults may participate as well. Every year Clifton Park Soccer Club hosts an international tournament called the Rose and Kiernan/Clifton Park Soccer International Soccer Classic.

Clifton Park also periodically hosts the Babe Ruth World Series for boys baseball. There are also other annual events, such as Winterfest.

Clifton Common which is located on Vischer Ferry Rd. is a central hub for recreation which features baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts, two NHL-size ice rinks, playgrounds, and an outdoor stage for performing arts.[16]

The Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, a 740-acre site in southern Clifton Park adjacent to the Mohawk River, features a network of walking trails alongside an original section of the Erie Canal and towpath.


The public school district covering most (the eastern two-thirds) of Clifton Park is the Shenendehowa Central School District, located on NY Route 146. In addition, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District and the Niskayuna Central School District cover the northwest and southwest corners of Clifton Park respectively.

The Shenendehowa Central Schools main campus covers about 232 acres (0.94 km2) of property along the south side of NY Route 146. With a student body of over 9,800 students in eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, Shenendehowa Central Schools is one of the largest school districts in New York State. Shenendehowa Central Schools' achievements include twenty-two New York State Championship titles for their Men's Soccer team as well as two National Championships. Their Cross Country team has won six NYS Federation Men's Cross Country Championships.[citation needed]

Shenendehowa schools:

Elementary schools: Karigon and Orenda (connected), Tesago and Skano (connected), Okte, Chango, Arongen, and the newest addition, Shatekon

Middle schools (all connected): Gowana, Acadia, Koda

High schools: High School West (9th grade only) and High School East (10-12 grades only)

Although there are two different high schools, they are allowed to participate in the same clubs and events (with few exceptions, such as dances and activities during school hours.)

Communities and locations in Clifton Park[edit]

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  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Census, 2020, 'Clifton Park town, Saratoga County, New York'
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Bits and Pieces of Saratoga County History by Richard Dorrough, Ballston Journal
  5. ^ "A Brief History Of Our Two Towns". Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.
  6. ^ "History Of Clifton Park".
  7. ^ a b c The Saratogian (1899). A Descriptive and Biographical Record of Saratoga County, New York. The Boston History Publishers Company.
  8. ^ a b "Bits and Pieces of Saratoga County History" by Richard Dorrough published in the Ballston Journal.[full citation needed]
  9. ^ "How Clifton Park Got It's [sic] Name". New York Almanack. April 17, 2020.
  10. ^ John L. Scherer (November 1, 1996). Clifton Park. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 166–. ISBN 978-1-4396-1982-7.
  11. ^ "History of Logos". Shenendehowa Central Schools. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "Historical Information". Shenendehowa Central Schools. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  13. ^ Sunoco; H.M. Gousha Company (1961). New York and Metropolitan New York (Map) (1961–62 ed.). Sunoco.[full citation needed]
  14. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  16. ^ "Explore Recreation & Entertainment at Clifton Common in Clifton Park".
  17. ^ a b c d e f Round Lake Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1991. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  18. ^ a b c d e Niskayuna Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1992. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  19. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/07/12 through 5/11/12. National Park Service. May 18, 2012.
  20. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 4/02/12 through 4/06/12. National Park Service. April 13, 2012.
  21. ^ Schenectady Digital Raster Quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. New York State Department of Transportation. 1993. Retrieved January 21, 2010.

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