Root, New York

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Root is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 1,752 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Root is in the south-central part of the county and is southwest of Amsterdam.

The Erie Canal passes the north part of Root.



Root was in Corry's patent. The first settler located near Currytown before the American Revolution. During the Revolution, the community was raided and burned.

Root was once part of the original "Town of Mohawk." Root was created in 1823 from the Town of Charleston.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.0 square miles (132.1 km²), of which, 50.8 square miles (131.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.41%) is water.

The north town line is defined by the Mohawk River, and the south town line is the border of Schoharie County.

The New York State Thruway crosses the north part of the town, following the course of the Mohawk River. New York State Route 5S also follows the course of the Mohawk and intersects New York State Route 162 at Sprakers in the northwest part of Root.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,752 people, 656 households, and 492 families residing in the town. The population density was 34.5 people per square mile (13.3/km²). There were 755 housing units at an average density of 14.9/sq mi (5.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.06% White, 0.40% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

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