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New Scotland is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. The population was 8,626 at the 2000 census.

The town is southwest of Albany, New York, the state capital. New Scotland is centrally located in the county.



The town was settled around 1660. New Scotland was founded in 1832 from the west part of the town of Bethlehem. The Bennett Hill Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1] The Presbyterian Church in New Scotland and the New Scotland Cemetery was listed in 2010.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151.3 km²), of which, 58.1 square miles (150.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (0.57%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,626 people, 3,341 households, and 2,509 families residing in the town. The population density was 148.6 people per square mile (57.4/km²). There were 3,470 housing units at an average density of 59.8/sq mi (23.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.17% White, 0.28% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 3,341 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.98.

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