Hamden, New York

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Hamden, New York
Hamden is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°11′34.18″N 74°59′33.36″W / 42.1928278°N 74.9926000°W / 42.1928278; -74.9926000Coordinates: 42°11′34.18″N 74°59′33.36″W / 42.1928278°N 74.9926000°W / 42.1928278; -74.9926000
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
FoundedApril 4, 1825 (as Hampden)
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorWayne Marshfield (D)
 • Town Council
 • Total60.13 sq mi (155.73 km2)
 • Land59.86 sq mi (155.03 km2)
 • Water0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
1,270 ft (387 m)
 • Total1,323
 • Estimate 
 • Density20.92/sq mi (8.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)607
FIPS code36-025-31698
GNIS feature ID0979037

Hamden is a town in Delaware County, New York, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2010 census.[3]


The town was created as the "Town of Hampden" in 1825 from the towns of Delhi and Walton. The current spelling of the name was adopted in 1826.

The first mention of a baseball game in an American newspaper was for a game to be played in Hamden:

The following notice appears in the July 13‚ 1825 edition of the Delhi Gazette: "The undersigned‚ all residents of the new town of Hamden‚ with the exception of Asa Howland‚ who has recently removed to Delhi‚ challenge an equal number of persons of any town in the County of Delaware‚ to meet them at any time at the house of Edward B. Chace‚ in said town‚ to play the game of Bass-Ball‚ for the sum of one dollar each per game." (as noted by Tom Heitz and John Thorn).

The Hamden Covered Bridge and Schoolhouse No. 5 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4][5]


The town is located in the center of Delaware County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.2 square miles (155.9 km2), of which 59.9 square miles (155.2 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2), or 0.45%, is water.[3] The West Branch Delaware River flows across the center of the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,252[2]−5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,280 people, 541 households, and 366 families residing in the town. The population density was 21.4 people per square mile (8.3/km²). There were 902 housing units at an average density of 15.1 per square mile (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.66% White, 0.16% African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.31% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 541 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,313, and the median income for a family was $43,571. Males had a median income of $26,776 versus $21,652 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,754. About 10.7% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Hamden[edit]

  • De Lancey – A hamlet located by the corner of CR-2 and NY-10.
  • Hamden – A hamlet located on NY-10.
  • Hawleys – A hamlet located south of Hamden on NY-10.
  • Mundale – A hamlet located northwest of Hamden.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hamden town, Delaware County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". National Park Service. June 10, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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