Delhi, New York

Coordinates: 42°16′27″N 74°55′31″W / 42.27417°N 74.92528°W / 42.27417; -74.92528
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Delhi, New York
Delaware County Courthouse
Delaware County Courthouse
Delhi is located in New York
Location of Delhi in New York
Coordinates: 42°16′27″N 74°55′31″W / 42.27417°N 74.92528°W / 42.27417; -74.92528
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Named forDelhi, India
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorMark Tuthill (R)
 • Town Council
Members' List
 • Total64.60 sq mi (167.31 km2)
 • Land64.20 sq mi (166.27 km2)
 • Water0.40 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Total4,795
 • Density74/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code607
FIPS code36-025-20137
GNIS feature ID978895

Delhi (/ˈdɛl.h/ DEL-hy[3]) is a town in Delaware County, New York, United States. The population was 4,795 at the 2020 census.[2][better source needed] The town is in the east-central part of the county and contains the village of Delhi. The State University of New York at Delhi is located in the town.

The town is named after the city of Delhi, the capital of India.[4] The name was in honor of founder Ebenezer Foote, who was known as "The Great Mogul". Another founder, Erastus Root, a rival of Foote, is responsible for the pronunciation. Root preferred the name "Mapleton". When he learned the town was to be named Delhi, he exclaimed, "Delhi, Hell-high! Might as well call it Foote-high."[citation needed]

The town is the setting of the 1959 novel My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.


Delhi was formed from the towns of Kortright, Middletown, and Walton, on March 23, 1798. It was named after Delhi in India.[5]


The town is in the center of Delaware County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.6 square miles (167.3 km2), of which 64.2 square miles (166.3 km2) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2), or 0.62%, is water.[6] The West Branch Delaware River flows through the center of the town. The Little Delaware River enters the West Branch from the east, just south of Delhi village.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7][failed verification] 2020[2]


Delhi in 1887

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 4,629 people, 1,493 households, and 928 families residing in the town. The population density was 71.7 inhabitants per square mile (27.7/km2). There were 1,818 housing units at an average density of 28.2 per square mile (10.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.90% White, 4.23% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population.

There were 1,493 households, out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 16.0% under the age of 18, 27.5% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 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 $35,861, and the median income for a family was $48,125. Males had a median income of $31,136 versus $25,542 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,842. About 5.9% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Delhi[edit]


First Presbyterian Church, Delhi
Perspective map of Delhi with list of landmarks from 1887 by L.R. Burleigh
  • Delaware County Courthouse
  • Gideon Frisbee House, where Delaware County was formed in 1797, now the site of the Delaware County Historical Association
  • Soldiers Monument, erected to honor Civil War veterans, on the Courthouse Square
  • Delhi Village Hall, formerly the Delaware County Courthouse, where trials were held during the Anti-Rent War
  • Fitches Covered Bridge, built in 1870
  • The Judge Gideon Frisbee House, Murray Hill, and Sherwood Family Estate are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]



  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c US Census Bureau, 2020 Census, Delhi town, Delaware County, New York,%20Delaware%20County,%20New%20York
  3. ^ Gilson, Roger Hannigan (December 10, 2021). "Hudson Valley place-names pronounced WAY differently than you'd expect". Times Union.
  4. ^ Delhi State College website; accessed November 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 103.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Delhi town, Delaware County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "West Delhi". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved January 30, 2018.

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