Hope, New York

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Hope is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 392 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Hope is in the southeast corner of the county and is 48.7 miles northwest of Schenectady.



The town was first settled around 1790 near the south town line.

The Town of Hope was formed in 1818 from part of the Town of Wells. The size was increased by part of the Town of Lake Pleasant in 1847. In 1860, the western part of Hope was used to form the Town of Benson.

In 1820, the census showed a population of about 600.

An iron pigment mine once existed in the north part of town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.6 square miles (107.8 km²), of which, 40.7 square miles (105.5 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (2.09%) is water.

The south border of the town is Fulton County and the east border is Saratoga County.

The Sacandaga River flows southward through the west part of Hope.

New York State Route 30 is a north-south highway near the Sacandaga River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 392 people, 155 households, and 113 families residing in the town. The population density was 9.6 people per square mile (3.7/km²). There were 296 housing units at an average density of 7.3/sq mi (2.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.49% White, 0.26% African American and 0.26% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 155 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

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