Berlin, New York

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Berlin is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 1,901 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Berlin in Germany, although natives pronounce the name differently, with the accent on the first syllable.

The Town of Berlin is located on the eastern border of the county.



The town was first settled around 1765. It was named a town in 1806


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.9 square miles (155.2 km²), of which, 59.7 square miles (154.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.45%) is water.

The highest point is Berlin Mountain, 2,818 feet (859 m) above sea level, near the Massachusetts border in the Taconic Mountains. The Taconic Mountains form a barrier in the eastern part of the town so that no road connects the town to Massachusetts.

The east town line is the border of Massachusetts.

Berlin is home to the source of the Poesten Kill, which begins at Dyken Pond, in the northwest corner of the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

The Town of Stephentown is to the south, and the Town of Petersburgh is in the north. The Town of Sand Lake, and the Town of Poestenkill are at the west town line. The eastern border is Berkshire County, Massachusetts.


Going back in time, Berlin had its economic roots as a center for dairy farming, however many of the farms have been subdivided in the last decades of the 20th century. The town now serves primarily as a bedroom community for the Albany, NY capital district, but retains some notable industries.

Like many small communities, Berlin has relied on one or two key employers for economic growth. These have primarily included W.J. Cowee, LLC, a manufacturer of wood products, and the Henry J. Seagroatt Co., a producer and distributor of flowers and supplies. In neighboring Petersburgh, NY, the high tech industry is represented by Taconic, a worldwide manufacturer of PTFE and dielectric materials.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,901 people, 729 households, and 500 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.9 people per square mile (12.3/km²). There were 1,034 housing units at an average density of 17.3/sq mi (6.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.42% White, 0.05% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

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