Canaan, New York

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Canaan is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,820 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Canaan is in the northeast part of the county.



The first settlers arrived around 1759. The town was founded in 1772 as "Kings District." The name was changed to "Canaan" in 1788. One of the oldest sections of Canaan is Frisbie Street, settled in 1770 by Gideon Frisbie, who emigrated from Canaan, Connecticut.[1] Frisbie Street fronts what was once the Albany-Boston stagecoach route.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.0 square miles (95.7 km²), of which, 36.7 square miles (95.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.65%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Massachusetts.

Interstate 90 passes through the town.

It is between the end of the Massachusetts Turnpike and the beginning of the New York State Thruway.

It is the easternmost town in the New York foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,820 people, 643 households, and 414 families residing in the town. The population density was 49.6 people per square mile (19.1/km²). There were 970 housing units at an average density of 26.4/sq mi (10.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.80% White, 8.63% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 1.21% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 643 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.88.

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