Ephratah, New York

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Ephratah is a town in Fulton County, New York, United States. The population was 1,693 at the 2000 census. The name is from the Bible and means "fruitful."

The Town of Ephratah, is in the southwest part of the county and is west of Gloversville and Johnstown.



The region was first settled around 1720. The Stone Arabia patent, granted in 1723, comprised much of the south part of Ephratah.

The town name, suggested by earlier inhabitant Anthony Beck, suggests abundance-bearing fruit, in his prophecy of a great city to be built there in the future.

The town was formed in 1827 from the Town of Palatine in Montgomery County before the creation of Fulton County. On the formation of Fulton County in 1838, part of Ephratah was returned to Palatine.

Notable residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.4 square miles (102.1 km²), of which, 39.2 square miles (101.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.56%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Montgomery County. The northern part of Ephrathah is in the Adirondack Park.

New York State Route 10 is a north-south highway that intersects New York State Route 67, an east-west highway in the south part of the town, at Ephratah village. New York State Route 29 is an east-west highway through the middle of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,693 people, 625 households, and 473 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.2 people per square mile (16.7/km²). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 18.4/sq mi (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.00% White, 0.35% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.12% of the population.

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