Washington County, New York
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|Washington County, New York|
|Image:Washington County ny seal.gif|
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Location in the state of New York
|Formed||March 12, 1772|
2,191 km² (846 mi²)
sq mi ( km²)
27 km² (10 mi²), 1.23%
Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. It is part of the Glens Falls, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 61,042. It was named for the Revolutionary War general (and later President of the United States) George Washington. The county seat is Fort Edward.
When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Washington 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.
In 1788, Clinton County was split off from Washington County. This was a much larger area than the present Clinton County, including several other counties or county parts of the present New York State.
In 1994, with the completion of the new municipal center, the county seat was moved from Hudson Falls to Fort Edward.
 Adjacent Counties
- Essex County, New York - north
- Addison County, Vermont - northeast
- Rutland County, Vermont - east
- Bennington County, Vermont - southeast
- Rensselaer County, New York - south
- Saratoga County, New York - southwest
- Warren County, New York - west
As of the census² of 2000, there were 61,042 people, 22,458 households, and 15,787 families residing in the county. The population density was 28/km² (73/mi²). There were 26,794 housing units at an average density of 12/km² (32/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.97% White, 2.92% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 2.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 22,458 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,668, and the median income for a family was $43,500. Males had a median income of $31,537 versus $22,160 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,958. About 6.80% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.
 Cities and towns
- Argyle (village)
- Argyle (town)
- Cambridge (village)
- Cambridge (town)
- Dresden (town)
- Easton (town)
- Fort Ann (village)
- Fort Ann (town)
- Fort Edward (village)
- Fort Edward (town)
- Granville (town)
- Granville (village)
- Greenwich (village)
- Greenwich (town)
- East Greenwich (hamlet)
- Hampton (town)
- Hartford (town)
- Hebron (town)
- Hudson Falls (village)
- Jackson (town)
- Kingsbury (town)
- Putnam (town)
- Salem (village)
- Salem (town)
- White Creek (town)
- Whitehall (village)
- Whitehall (town)
|North: Warren and
|West: Saratoga County
|Washington County||East: Rutland and
Bennington Counties, Vermont
|South: Rensselaer County|
 External links
- Washington County, New York; Official Website
- Washington County
- Politcal history/notable people of Washington County
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