Bleecker, New York

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Bleecker is a town in Fulton County, New York, USA. The population was 573 at the 2000 census. The name is from Barent Bleecker, one of the original landowners of the region.

The Town of Bleecker is north of the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown and in the northern part of the county.

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History

The first permanent settlements began around 1800 at Lindsleys Corners, although land sales took place before then.

The town was established in 1831 from part of the Town of Johnstown, but did not arrive at its current dimensions until 1842. Part of Bleecker was returned to Johnstown in 1841 and another part was added to the Town of Caroga in 1842.

Lumbering and tanning were important early industries. Around 1860 the maximum population, about 1,060, was attained; since then it has decreased.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.5 square miles (154.0 km²), of which, 57.2 square miles (148.2 km²) of it is land and 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it (3.78%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Hamilton County. The town is inside the Adirondack Park.

New York State Route 29A is a north-south highway through the southwest corner of Bleecker.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 573 people, 232 households, and 173 families residing in the town. The population density was 10.0 people per square mile (3.9/km²). There were 429 housing units at an average density of 7.5/sq mi (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.08% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 232 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.80.

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