Durham, New York

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Durham is a town in Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 2,592 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Durham, Connecticut.

The Town of Durham is in the northwest corner of the county.



The town was first settled around 1782 within Albany County. The town was established from part of the Town of Coxsackie in 1790 as the "Town of Freehold." In the spring of 1800 Freehold became part of the newly formed Greene County. The town's name was changed to "Durham" in 1805, the town having been called informally "New Durham" by the many settlers from Connecticut.

Part of the town was lost to form, in 1803, the new Towns of Cairo, Greenville, and Windham. In 1836, the western part of Durham became the Town of Conesville in Schoharie County.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.3 square miles (127.6 km²), of which, 49.2 square miles (127.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.04%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Albany County, New York, and part of the west town line is the border of Schoharie County, New York.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,592 people, 1,046 households, and 718 families residing in the town. The population density was 52.6 people per square mile (20.3/km²). There were 1,642 housing units at an average density of 33.3/sq mi (12.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.38% White, 0.08% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

There were 1,046 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.91.

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