Waterford, New York

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Waterford is a town in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population was 8,423 at the 2010 census. The name of the town is derived from its principal village, also called Waterford. The town is located in the southeast corner of Saratoga County and north-northwest of Troy at the junction of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.

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History

The village of Waterford is the oldest incorporated village in the United States, having been incorporated in 1794 before the town was formed. Waterford has been host to "Canal Fest" and "Tugboat Roundup" celebrations for many years.[ citation needed ]

The town of Waterford was formed from the town of Halfmoon in 1816.

The Northside Historic District, Ormsby-Laughlin Textile Companies Mill, Peebles (Peobles) Island, and Waterford Village Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [1]

Geography

Saratoga County, New York. Town of Waterford highlighted in red Waterford Saratoga NY.png
Saratoga County, New York. Town of Waterford highlighted in red

The Village of Waterford is located at 42°47′28″N73°40′47″W / 42.791127°N 73.679758°W / 42.791127; -73.679758 Coordinates: 42°47′28″N73°40′47″W / 42.791127°N 73.679758°W / 42.791127; -73.679758 , [2] in the southeastern corner of the Town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.2 km2), of which 6.6 square miles (17.0 km2) is land and 0.9 square mile (2.2 km2) (11.59%) is water.[ citation needed ]

The eastern town line, defined by the Hudson River, is the border with Rensselaer County, and the southern town line, defined by the Mohawk River, is the border with Albany County. The easternmost section and locks of the Erie Canal pass through the town and connect with the Hudson River. The Waterford Flight series of locks is one of the steepest in the world. [3] [4]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1820 1,184
1830 1,47324.4%
1840 1,82423.8%
1850 2,68347.1%
1860 3,26021.5%
1870 3,63111.4%
1880 4,32819.2%
1890 5,28622.1%
1900 6,15716.5%
1910 6,128−0.5%
1920 4,552−25.7%
1930 5,66724.5%
1940 5,7090.7%
1950 6,0526.0%
1960 7,23119.5%
1970 7,6445.7%
1980 7,194−5.9%
1990 8,69520.9%
2000 8,515−2.1%
2010 8,423−1.1%
2016 (est.)8,496 [5] 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]

As of the 2010 census, there were 8,423 residents of the Town of Waterford. The racial makeup of the town was 94.8% White, 1.3% African-American, 0.1% Native American, and 1.5% Asian; in addition, 1.8% of residents were Hispanic or Latino. [7]

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