Coxsackie (village), New York

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Coxsackie, New York
Coxsackie, New York is located in New York
Coxsackie, New York
Coxsackie, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 73°48′18″W / 42.35417°N 73.80500°W / 42.35417; -73.80500Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 73°48′18″W / 42.35417°N 73.80500°W / 42.35417; -73.80500
Country United States
State New York
County Greene
 • Total 2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Land 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,813
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 12051, 12192
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-18718
GNIS feature ID 0947608

Coxsackie is a village in Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 2,813 at the 2010 census. The village name is a native word mak-kachs-hack-ing, and when purchased by the Dutch settlers was written as Koxhackung.[1] It is generally translated as "Hoot-owl place"[2] or "place of many owls".

The Village of Coxsackie is in the eastern part of the Town of Coxsackie.


The original plot of land was sold by American Indians to Pieter Bronck in 1661 for 150 guilders in Beaver pelts.[3]

The lower part of the village was once called "Reeds Landing." In the late 19th century, this area contained several factories and a steam boat landing, now replaced by a waterfront park.

The remains of the steam freighter Storm King still rest here, in the river just north of the park, where she sank at her moorings in the 1930s. She is still visible except at the highest tide or during flooding.

Near this area in the early 20th century was a popular sandy beach that drew thousands of visitors on summer weekends. The beach eroded away after channelization of the Hudson during the 1930s, when deep water navigation was extended up to Albany NY.

A ferry service connected the village to "Newtons Hook" across the river in Columbia County until June 12, 1938.[4]

In 1947, the Coxsackievirus was isolated from an outbreak in upstate New York, and was named after the location where the outbreak first began, Coxsackie, NY.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km2) of it (16.54%) is water.

Coxsackie is on the west bank of the Hudson River and is near U.S. Route 9W. The Hudson is an estuary. Although Coxsackie is 120 miles from the ocean, tides here range about three feet (the river flows both ways depending on time of day).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,661
1890 1,611 −3.0%
1900 2,735 69.8%
1910 2,494 −8.8%
1920 2,121 −15.0%
1930 2,195 3.5%
1940 2,352 7.2%
1950 2,722 15.7%
1960 2,849 4.7%
1970 2,399 −15.8%
1980 2,786 16.1%
1990 2,789 0.1%
2000 2,895 3.8%
2010 2,813 −2.8%
Est. 2015 2,701 [6] −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,895 people, 1,188 households, and 723 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,332.1 people per square mile (515.1/km2). There were 1,307 housing units at an average density of 601.4 per square mile (232.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.89% White, 2.28% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.59% of the population.

There were 1,188 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,098, and the median income for a family was $44,565. Males had a median income of $36,349 versus $28,182 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,914. About 10.4% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ [1] New York State Museum of Natural History, New York State Museum, New York State Museum and Science Service, Bulletin Issues 332-337, page 40. retrieved 9 July 2010 from Google Books.
  2. ^ [2] Old Dutch Place Names from
  3. ^ [3] Collections on the history of Albany: from its discovery to the present time, By Joel Munsell, page 298. Retrieved 8 July 2010 from Google Books.
  4. ^ [Chatam, NY Courier (Newspaper), Page 4, Thursday, March 27, 1958]
  5. ^ "Coxsackie, NY and the virus named after it". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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