Petersburgh, New York

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Petersburgh is a town located in the northeast section of Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 1,563 at the 2000 census. The town was named after an early settler.



The area was settled around the middle of the 18th Century and was part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck. The town was created in 1791 from the Town of Stephentown. The size of this town was diminished by the formation of other towns in the county, including the Towns of Berlin and Lansingburgh (see Troy) in 1806, and Grafton and Nassau in 1807.

The town was named after an individual named Peter Simmons, an early settler.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.6 square miles (107.7 km²), all of it land.

On the east the town borders on Massachusetts and Vermont.

The Little Hoosick River joins the Hoosic River in the north part of the town.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,563 people, 587 households, and 433 families residing in the town. The population density was 37.6 people per square mile (14.5/km²). There were 695 housing units at an average density of 16.7/sq mi (6.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.08% White, 0.19% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 587 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.07.

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