Stark, New York

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Stark is a town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 767 at the 2000 census. The town was named after a Revolutionary War General named John Stark.

The Town of Stark is in the eastern part of Herkimer County.



Settlement occurred before 1775, but many residents departed during the Revolutionary War. The town was established from part of the Town of Danube in 1828.

Notable former residents

  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings bought property in Van Hornesville to obtain background for her novel, The Sojourner and spent time there every year up to her death.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.5 square miles (81.6 km²), of which, 31.5 square miles (81.6 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

The east town line is the border of Montgomery County, New York, and the south town line is the border of Otsego County, New York.

Otsquago Creek flows through the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 767 people, 286 households, and 215 families residing in the town. The population density was 24.3 people per square mile (9.4/km²). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 10.6/sq mi (4.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.09% White, 0.39% African American, 0.39% Pacific Islander, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 286 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 20.6% 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 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.

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