Halcott, New York

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Halcott is a town in Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 193 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Halcott is located in the southwestern corner of the county.

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History

The first recorded settlers, the Valkenburg family, arrived around 1813, although some non-permanent settlers had attempted to live in the area about 1790. The town was established in 1851 from the Town of Lexington.

In 1900, the town population was 272.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.0 square miles (59.7 km²), all of it land.

Halcott is in the Catskill Mountains. The west and south town lines are the border of Delaware County. The northern and eastern borders are the range of mountains from Bearpen Mountain to Halcott Mountain, beyond which lies the neighboring Town of Lexington. The town is basically the valley of Vly Creek, and ringed by mountains on three sides. Most access to the town is from the south, via the Delaware County village of Fleischmanns.

The pass between Bearpen and neighboring Vly Mountain is traversed by Halcott Mountain Road, an unimproved county highway which reaches 2,800 ft (853.4 m) at the col, making it the highest elevation free public through road in New York State. It is also the only route between Halcott and the rest of Greene County. Like Hardenburgh in neighboring Ulster, to reach the rest of the county via a paved road one must leave and go through a portion of either Ulster or Delaware counties.

This geographic isolation also means that Halcott is the only place in Greene County whose telephones are in the 845 area code.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[1], there were 193 people, 84 households and 54 families residing in the town. The population density was 8.4 per square mile (3.2/km²). There were 288 housing units at an average density of 12.5/sq mi (4.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.45% White, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 84 households of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 28.6% 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 2.30 and the average family size was 2.70.

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