Introduction to Ilion, New York

Ilion, New York, in Herkimer county, is 11 miles SE of Utica, New York and 163 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The village is located in the Utica-Rome metropolitan area.

Ilion History

European settlement first occurred in the area in 1725, when Palatine Germans built homes along Steeles Creek. A number of mills were soon established in the area. Following the American Revolution, New London was established as a community. Development of the area started after 1816, following the establishment of the Remington Arms Company and the Erie Canal. In 1843, the first post office was built. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1852. According to one tradition, the Greek form of the name Troy inspired the village’s name. In 1958, the first solid-state electronic computer was created in Ilion by Sperry Rand.

Ilion and nearby Attractions

  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site
  • Remington Arms Museum
  • Delta Lake State Park
  • Herkimer County Historical Society Museum
  • Erie Canal
  • Utica Zoo

Things To Do In Ilion

The Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the 1777 Battle of Oriskany. The Herkimer County Historical Society Museum, the Oneida County Historical Society Museum, the Little Falls Historical Society Museum and the Musical Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the history and culture of the region. Ilion is also home to the Remington Arms Museum, which features flintock rifles, revolvers and rare pistols. The Delta Lake State Park, which is located on the Delta Reservoir, and the Glimmerglass State Park, located on Otsego Lake, both include beaches, nature trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, boating and fishing here.

Ilion Transportation

Air transportation is available from Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Ilion Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Herkimer County Community College, Colgate University and SUNY College at Oneonta.


Total Population 8,066
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,415
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,045
% Above Poverty Level 78.8%
% Below Poverty Level 21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $580
Median House Value $81,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 23.9%

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

Ilion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SE of Utica, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 163 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Herkimer
Metro Area Utica - Rome
Standard Zip Codes 13357
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.015
Longitude -75.035

Ilion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station UTICA
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cedarville (13357)

Columbia (13357)

Columbia Center (13357)

North Columbia (13357)

South Ilion (13357)

Spinnerville (13357)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clayville 328 $46,250
Mohawk 3,794 $61,902

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

Ilion Public Libraries

Ilion Free Public Library
Ilion, New York
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