Introduction to Cohoes, New York

Cohoes, New York, in Albany county, is 8 miles N of Albany, New York and 137 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the Albany - Schenectady - Troy metropolitan area.

Cohoes History

The area now known as Cohoes was originally inhabited by Native Americans and was a part of the Rensselaerwyck manor. In fact, the city derives its name from a Mohawk expression meaning "Place of the Falling Canoe." In 1630, the land was purchased from the local natives. A dam was constructed above the Cohoes waterfall on the Mohawk River in 1831, enabling the city to flourish as a leading textile center. The Harmony Manufacturing Company was the first textile company of the city and was established in 1836. Cohoes was incorporated as a village in 1848, and reincorporated as a city in 1869.

Cohoes and nearby Attractions

  • Peebles Island State Park
  • Van Schaick Mansion
  • Waterford Historical Museum
  • Cohoes Falls
  • Watervliet Arsenal Museum
  • Thompson's Lake State Park

Things To Do In Cohoes

While staying in Cohoes, you can visit the Overlook Park, Peebles Island State Park and Lansing Park. The Van Schaick Mansion is also worth visiting. The Falls View Park also offers scenic views of Cohoes Falls. The Children's Museum of Science and Technology, Watervliet Arsenal Museum and the Waterford Historical Museum are also nearby popular tourist spots.

Cohoes Transportation

Albany International Airport is nearby.

Cohoes Higher Education

Siena College, Hudson Valley Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are close by.


Total Population 16,281
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,835
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 38.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.5%
Median Earnings25+ $35,142
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,890
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,631


Median Family Income $57,595
% Above Poverty Level 82.6%
% Below Poverty Level 17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 40.7%
Median Gross Rent $825
Median House Value $150,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.6%
Irish 22.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cohoes Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Albany
Metro Area Albany - Schenectady - Troy
Standard Zip Codes 12047
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.774
Longitude -73.7

Cohoes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cohoes, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Boght Corners (12047)

Dunsbach Ferry (12047)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Waterford 8,412 $72,207

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cohoes Public Libraries

Cohoes Public Library
Cohoes, New York
(518) 235-2570

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