Charleston, New York

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Charleston is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 1,292 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Charleston is on the south border of the county and is southwest of the City of Amsterdam.

Charleston is the only town in the county not bordering the Mohawk River.



Parts of Charleston were in Corry's Patent (1637), Stone Heap Patent (1770), and Thomas Machin's Patent (1787). Settlers began arriving before the American Revolution.

The Town of Charleston was formed by a division of the original "Town of Mohawk" in 1793. This division, which also created the Town of Florida, terminated Mohawk as a town until another town with that name (Mohawk) was created in 1837. Charleston was reduced in size in 1823, when the Towns of Glen and Root (in part) were established.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.8 square miles (111.0 km²), of which, 42.6 square miles (110.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.54%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Schoharie County, and the east town line is defined by the Schoharie Creek.

New York State Route 30A is a north-south highway. New York State Route 162 cuts across the southwest corner of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,292 people, 472 households, and 343 families residing in the town. The population density was 30.3 people per square mile (11.7/km²). There were 564 housing units at an average density of 13.2/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.68% White, 0.85% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

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