The clickable maps and pictures on this page present material related to Canaan, New York. Canaan is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,710 at the 2010 census.
The Town of Canaan is in the northeast part of the county.
The first settlers arrived around 1759. The town was founded in 1772 as "Kings District." The name was changed to "Canaan" in 1788. One of the oldest sections of Canaan is Frisbie Street, settled in 1770 by Gideon Frisbie, who emigrated from Canaan, Connecticut. Frisbie Street fronts what was once the Albany-Boston stagecoach route.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and of it (0.65%) is water.
The east town line is the border of Massachusetts.
Interstate 90 passes through the town.
It is between the end of the Massachusetts Turnpike and the beginning of the New York State Thruway.
It is the easternmost town in the New York foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,820 people, 643 households, and 414 families residing in the town. The population density was 49.6 people per square mile (19.1/km²). There were 970 housing units at an average density of 26.4 per square mile (10.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.80% White, 8.63% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 1.21% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.
There were 643 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the town the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 137.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $51,607, and the median income for a family was $62,656. Males had a median income of $44,063 versus $37,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,209. About 2.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
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East Chatham, New York (6.49 km) East Chatham is a hamlet located partly in the town of Chatham and partly in the town of Canaan, in the state of New York. It is located at the crossroads of a railroad, I-90, and the Taconic State Parkway. It is also the site of Vovcha Tropa, a campsite owned by Plast, the Ukrainian Scouting Organization. This camp is attended by several thousand scouts. The Rowe-Lant Farm was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
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Darrow School (7.72 km)Darrow School is an Independent, co-educational college-preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9-12. Its New Lebanon campus is a property just to the west of the boundary between New York and Massachusetts in the Taconic Mountains and within the Berkshire cultural region. History The school's campus is located on what was once the site of the largest and most industrious Shaker community in the country. Darrow opened in the fall of 1932 as the Lebanon School for Boys.