Caroga, New York

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Caroga is a town in Fulton County, New York, USA. The population was 1,407 at the 2000 census. The town was named after a local creek.

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

The summer population of Caroga usually increases by more than 4,000 from the influx of tourists.

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History

The town was first settled around 1783.

The town was created in 1842 from parts of the Towns of Bleecker, Johnstown, and Stratford.

The name of the town is an altered spelling of Garoga [Creek].

The industry of the early town was based on lumber and tanning. By 1890 the population was 624.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 54.2 square miles (140.5 km²), of which, 50.8 square miles (131.7 km²) of it is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it (6.25%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Hamilton County, New York.

Caroga is inside the Adirondack Park.

New York State Route 10 is a north-south highway in Caroga. New York State Route 29A is an east-west highway intersecting NY-10 near Pine Lake and then running southward as a conjoined highway to Caroga Lake village. New York State Route 10A branches off of NY-10 near Bradtville.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,407 people, 588 households, and 392 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.7 people per square mile (10.7/km²). There were 1,794 housing units at an average density of 35.3/sq mi (13.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.86% White, 0.07% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.

There were 588 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.87.

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