Mohawk, Herkimer County, New York

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Mohawk, Herkimer County,
New York
Mohawk is located in New York
Mohawk is located in the United States
Coordinates: 43°0′37″N 75°0′18″W / 43.01028°N 75.00500°W / 43.01028; -75.00500Coordinates: 43°0′37″N 75°0′18″W / 43.01028°N 75.00500°W / 43.01028; -75.00500
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
TownGerman Flatts
 • Total0.90 sq mi (2.34 km2)
 • Land0.88 sq mi (2.27 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
410 ft (125 m)
 • Total2,731
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,883.56/sq mi (1,113.49/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-47823
GNIS feature ID0957470

Mohawk is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 2,731 at the 2010 census.[3] The village was named after the adjacent Mohawk River.

The village is at the northern border of the town of German Flatts and adjacent to the Erie Canal. Mohawk is southeast of Utica.


The area was settled by Palatine Germans after 1722. In 1725, the King of Great Britain and Governor Burnet granted Mohawk to the Palatine Germans in what was known as the Burnetsfield Patent.

George Washington was known to stop in Mohawk to have lunch at the Shoemaker Tavern on his way to and from Fort Stanwix in Rome.

Mohawk became known as "Bennetts Corners" after a hotel stand that was located here in 1826. In 1838, the village became known as "Mohawk".

The village was incorporated on April 16, 1844. The first president of the village, Frederick Bellinger, came into office on May 4 of that year.

The first mayor of Mohawk was James V. Casey, who was elected in 1960.[4] The current mayor is Jim Baron.

Mohawk is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a municipal charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.[5]

The Herkimer County shootings took place partially in Mohawk on March 13, 2013.


Mohawk is located in the northern part of the town of German Flatts at 43°0′37″N 75°0′18″W / 43.01028°N 75.00500°W / 43.01028; -75.00500 (43.010194, -75.005022),[6] on the south side of the Mohawk River. It is bordered to the west by the village of Ilion and to the northeast, across the river, by the village of Herkimer.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Mohawk has a total area of 0.89 square miles (2.3 km2), of which 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), or 2.94%, are water.[3]

New York State Route 5S, an east-west highway, runs through the northern part of the village, leading east (downriver) 23 miles (37 km) to Fort Plain and west (upriver) 14 miles (23 km) to Utica. New York State Route 28 (Warren Street/Columbia Street) is a north-south highway through the village center, leading northeast 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to Herkimer and south 12 miles (19 km) to Richfield Springs. New York State Route 168 (Hammond Street) has its western terminus in the village and leads southeast 14 miles (23 km) to Starkville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,526[2]−7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,660 people, 1,146 households, and 708 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,009.8 people per square mile (1,167.1/km2). There were 1,233 housing units at an average density of 1,395.1 per square mile (541.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.42% White, 0.49% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

There were 1,146 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% 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 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,439, and the median income for a family was $39,185. Males had a median income of $29,915 versus $20,918 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,469. About 5.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Mohawk students get their education from the Central Valley Central School District, a merger between the Ilion and Mohawk Central School Districts that took effect early in 2013. The sports teams of Central Valley call themselves the Thunder, and their school colors are light blue, navy, yellow and white. Prior to this, Mohawk had called their teams the "Mohicans", and their school colors were orange, black, and white. The last graduating class of Mohawk Central School District was in 2013 and consisted of 54 students. The Mohawk Nation occupied the Mohawk Valley.

Harry M. Fisher Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mohawk, New York that is now part of the Central Valley School District and goes up to sixth grade.[9]

Notable people[edit]

  • Gregory Jarvis, engineer who died during the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, where he was serving as Payload Specialist. The local middle school is named after him.
  • David Wright, aka "Mailman Dave".
  • Carl Edgar Myers, balloon inventor and aeronautical engineer scientist
  • Mary Myers, the first female to solo fly a lighter-than-air passenger balloon
  • Leigh and Leslie Keno, antique appraisers, longtime contributors to Antiques Roadshow.
  • Francis E. Spinner, Treasurer of the United States during and after the Civil War; celebrated for his distinctive signature and for being the first federal official to employ women.
  • Robert E. Fistick, Noted national journalist and newspaper publisher with the Gannett, Hearst, and Whitney publishing organizations, and later a deputy director at The Library of Congress.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Mohawk village, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2010-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Local Government Handbook - Village Government: Historical Development" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. pp. PDF page 72. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Central Valley School District". Central Valley School District Home Page.

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