Hoosick, New York

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Hoosick is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 6,759 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Hoosick is in the northeast corner of the county.



The town is one of the original towns of the county and was created as a town in 1788, before the creation of Rensselaer County. The region was formerly the District of Hoosick (1772) and previously the Hoosick Patent (1688).

The Battle of Bennington of the American Revolution was fought in the town northeast of the community of Walloomsac.

Past residents of note

Among the notable natives of Hoosick are:

  • Chester Arthur, US President lived in Hoosick for a period of time.
  • (Big Band Singers) Bob Eberly and Ray Eberle
  • Simon Fraser - Born in Mapletown, town of Hoosick. He was an explorer who charted much of what is now the Canadian province of British Columbia. A river and mountain there are named after him.
  • Eugene Goossen (1921-1997), art critic and historian.[1]
  • Harriet Hoctor - Dancer
  • Jenny Holtzer, famous post-modern installation artist, currently resides in Hoosick.
  • Grandma Moses - Famous painter whose paintings were discovered in a Hoosick Falls drugstore, is buried in Hoosick.
  • John Palmer (1785-1840), who served two non-consecutive terms in the United States Congress.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.2 square miles (163.6 km²), of which, 63.0 square miles (163.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

The north town line is the boundary of Washington County, New York, and the east town line is the border of Vermont. The Hoosic River is an important waterway in the town.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,759 people, 2,620 households, and 1,823 families residing in the town. The population density was 107.3 people per square mile (41.4/km²). There were 2,892 housing units at an average density of 45.9/sq mi (17.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.49% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

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