Wright, New York

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Wright, New York
Location in Schoharie County and the state of New York.
Location in Schoharie County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°40′23″N 74°12′22″W / 42.67306°N 74.20611°W / 42.67306; -74.20611
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySchoharie
Area
 • Total28.72 sq mi (74.38 km2)
 • Land28.64 sq mi (74.17 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation
951 ft (290 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,539
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
1,464
 • Density51.12/sq mi (19.74/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-83195[3]
GNIS feature ID0979658[4]

Wright is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 1,547 at the 2000 census. The town was named after governor Silas Wright.

The Town of Wright is on the county's northeastern corner and is west of Albany.

History[edit]

The town was first settled around 1735, near Gallupville.

During the American Revolution, in the year 1782, the town was raided by Tories with their native allies, inflicting harm on residents and property.

Wright was formed from the Town of Schoharie in 1846.

On November 7, 2017, Mark Stolzenburg was elected to town council. Father to Brian Stolzenburg, he was elected on a platform of welcoming volunteers to encourage public service and economic development.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.7 square miles (74 km2), of which, 28.6 square miles (74 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.24%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Schenectady County and the east town line is the border of Albany County. The west town line is partly defined by the Louse Kill, a tributary of the Fox Creek.

New York State Route 146 intersects New York State Route 443, both east-west highways near Gallupville in Wright. The intersection is the western terminus of NY-146.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,716
18601,7170.1%
18701,525−11.2%
18801,5914.3%
18901,295−18.6%
19001,155−10.8%
1910963−16.6%
1920833−13.5%
1930755−9.4%
19407864.1%
195090314.9%
19609100.8%
19701,06817.4%
19801,30221.9%
19901,3856.4%
20001,54711.7%
20101,539−0.5%
Est. 20161,464[2]−4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,547 people, 569 households, and 433 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.0 people per square mile (20.9/km²). There were 622 housing units at an average density of 21.7 per square mile (8.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.64% White, 0.39% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 569 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 18.8% 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 2.72 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,898, and the median income for a family was $46,667. Males had a median income of $32,464 versus $27,171 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,711. About 5.5% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Wright[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°48′01″N 73°22′50″W / 43.80028°N 73.38056°W / 43.80028; -73.38056