Stephentown, New York

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Stephentown is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 2,873 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Stephen Van Rensselaer. The town is in the southeast corner of the county. According to a sign on the southern border of Stephentown, the town claims to be the only Stephentown on Earth.



Stephentown was first settled around 1765, the same year Berlin was first settled. The town was formed in 1788,[1] from the East Manor of Rensselaerwyck District. The Stephentown pioneers were from New England, primarily Rhode Island and Connecticut, and arrived from the southeast.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.1 square miles (150.4 km²), of which, 58.0 square miles (150.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Columbia County, New York and the east town line is the border of Massachusetts.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,873 people, 1,129 households, and 821 families residing in the town. The population density was 49.5 people per square mile (19.1/km²). There were 1,339 housing units at an average density of 23.1/sq mi (8.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.12% White, 0.31% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 1,129 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.94.

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