Keene, New York

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Keene is a town located in Essex County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,063.

The Town of Keene is in the eastern part of the county.

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History

Early settlers began arriving around 1797. The Town of Keene was formed in 1808 from parts of Elizabethtown and Jay.

Geography

Many of the High Peaks of the Adirondack State Park are in or near the town, including Mount Marcy, the highest elevation in New York. The source of the Hudson River is near Mount Marcy.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 405.6 km² (156.6 mi²). 404.2 km² (156.1 mi²) of it is land and 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.37% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,063 people, 443 households, and 279 families residing in the town. The population density is 2.6/km² (6.8/mi²). There are 984 housing units at an average density of 2.4/km² (6.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 98.68% White, 0.09% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.38% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 443 households out of which 29.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% are married couples living together, 6.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% are non-families. 31.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.90.

In the town the population is spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $34,226, and the median income for a family is $44,250. Males have a median income of $35,417 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the town is $17,037. 4.7% of the population and 1.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 0.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Communities and locations in Keene

  • Keene -- A hamlet in the north-central part of the town on Routes 73 and 9N.
  • Keene Valley -- A hamlet south of Keene village on Route 73.
  • Mount Marcy -- The highest peak in the state is in the western part of the town, southwest of Keene Valley.
  • St. Huberts -- A hamlet in the south part of the town on Route 73.

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