Columbia County, New York
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- There is also a Town of Columbia in New York.
|Columbia County, New York|
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Location in the state of New York
1,679 km² (648 mi²)
1,647 km² (636 mi²)
32 km² (13 mi²), 1.93%
Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of 2000, the population was 63,094. The county seat is Hudson. The name comes from the Latin feminine form of the name of Christopher Columbus, which was at the time of the formation of the county a popular proposal for the name of the United States of America.
When counties were established in the Province of New York in 1683, the present Columbia County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.
On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. The other two were called Tryon County (later renamed Montgomery County) and Charlotte County (later renamed Washington County). From 1772 to 1786 Albany County included, besides the present territory of Albany County, all of the present Columbia County, as well as what are now Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties, parts of the present Greene and Washington Counties, and a piece of what is now southwestern Vermont.
In 1786, Columbia County was split off from Albany County.
The highest point is on the Massachusetts state line near the summit of Alander Mountain, at approximately 2,110 feet (643 m) above sea level, in the town of Copake. The lowest point is at or near sea level along the Hudson.
 Adjacent Counties
- Rensselaer County, New York - north
- Berkshire County, Massachusetts - east
- Dutchess County, New York - south
- Ulster County, New York - southwest
- Greene County, New York - west
- Albany County, New York - northwest
As of the census² of 2000, there were 63,094 people, 24,796 households, and 16,588 families residing in the county. The population density was 38/km² (99/mi²). There were 30,207 housing units at an average density of 18/km² (48/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.09% White, 4.52% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 2.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 24,796 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.10% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,915, and the median income for a family was $49,357. Males had a median income of $34,702 versus $25,878 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,265. About 6.40% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.80% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.
 Cities, Towns, and Villages
- Ancram (town)
- Austerlitz (town)
- Canaan (town)
- Chatham (town)
- Chatham (village)
- Claverack (town)
- Claverack-Red Mills
- Clermont (town)
- Copake Lake
- Copake (town)
- Gallatin (town)
- Germantown (town)
- Ghent (town)
- Greenport (town)
- Hillsdale (town)
- Hudson (city)
- Kinderhook (town)
- Kinderhook (village)
- Livingston (town)
- Lorenz Park
- New Lebanon (town)
- Philmont (village)
- Stockport (town)
- Stuyvesant (town)
- Taghkanic (town)
- Valatie (village)
- => labels in parentheses indicate official political designation.
|North: Rensselaer County|
|West: Hudson River
Greene and Ulster Counties
|Columbia County||East: Berkshire County, Massachusetts|
|South: Dutchess County|
 External links
- Columbia County, NY
- Columbia County tourism information
- Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
- Early history of Columbia County
- ColumbiaCountyJobs.Com - Jobs in Columbia County, New York
- Columbia County Page at Hudson Valley Directory
- Columbia County Historical Society Digital Collections
- Traffic courts in Columbia County