Columbia, New York

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Columbia is a town in Herkimer County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,630 (up from 1,587 in 1990).

The Town of Columbia is at the south border of the county and is southeast of Utica.



The area was called "Coonradstown" during the early settlement period. The original settlers, mainly of German extraction, abandoned their holdings during the American Revolution, and the next settlement period took place around 1791. The first school, opened in 1795, was taught in the German language.

The town was organized in 1812 from part of the Town of Warren, which was itself made by a partition of the Town of German Flatts.

The population of Columbia in 1865 was 1,732.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.0 square miles (90.7 km²), of which, 35.0 square miles (90.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Otsego County.

The Unadilla River flows westward through the town.

New York State Route 28 is a major north-south highway through Columbia.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,630 people, 581 households, and 457 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.6 people per square mile (18.0/km²). There were 631 housing units at an average density of 18.0/sq mi (7.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.53% White, 0.06% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 581 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.12.

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