Ravena, New York

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Ravena is a village in Albany County, New York, United States. United States. The population was 3,369 at the 2000 census.[2] The village is in the southeast part of the town of Coeymans.

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History

The village of Ravena incorporated in 1914. Prior to its incorporation, it was known as "Coeymans Junction," but the name was changed to "Ravena" to avoid confusion with another hamlet in the town, "Coeymans Landing."[1]

In 1894, a post office was established in Coeymans Junction bearing the name Ravena. The name source of the post office (and ultimately the village) is unclear. Some believe that the village's proximity to cliffs on its western boundary lent to the area being referred to as the ravine. Others feel that a brand of flour, Raven, was the inspiration behind the name.[1]

Demographics

According to the 2000 U.S. Census[3], there were 3,369 people, 1,380 households, and 892 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,515.7 people per square mile (970.7/km²). There were 1,487 housing units at an average density of 1,110.4/sq mi (428.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.82% White, 2.91% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.16% of the population.

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