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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,411
Male Share of the Population45.7%
Female Share of the Population54.3%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+8,234
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married38%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20%
Median Earnings25+$35,694
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,385
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,982

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,493
% Above Poverty Level85%
% Below Poverty Level15%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone41.4%
Median Gross Rent$845
Median House Value$150,100

Ancestry

Irish23.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.5%
Italian15.2%
French Except Basque14.6%
Polish11.2%
German11.2%
English7.4%
Canadian4.4%
Ukrainian3.7%
Dutch2.8%
Russian0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Slovak0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
US/American0.5%
Czech0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Danishn0.3%
African0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
South African0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Cohoes Almanac

CategoryValue
County Albany County
Standard Zip Codes12047
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.77
Approximate Longitude-73.7

Cohoes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTROY LOCK AND DAM
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 32 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationALBANY INTL AP
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
StationGRAFTON
Distance11.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp39 to 57 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Green Island2,613$58,897
Menands3,998$86,875
Troy49,881$49,939
Waterford8,423$72,311
Watervliet10,207$58,989
Wynantskill3,321$91,296

Cohoes Public Libraries

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

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Cohoes Public Schools

Abram Lansing School
26 James St
ZIP: 12047
(518) 237-5044
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Boght Hills School
38 Dunsbach Ferry Rd
ZIP: 12047
(518) 785-0222
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Cohoes High School
1 Tiger Way
ZIP: 12047
(518) 237-9100
High
Total Enrollment 525
Cohoes Middle School
7 Bevan St
ZIP: 12047
(518) 237-4131
Middle
Total Enrollment 430
Harmony Hill School
Madelon K Hickey Way
ZIP: 12047
(518) 233-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Van Schaick Island School
150 Continental Ave
ZIP: 12047
(518) 237-2828
Primary
Total Enrollment 132
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