Brunswick, New York

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official_name = Brunswick, New York
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
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subdivision_name1 = New York
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Rensselaer
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area_total_km2 = 115.6
area_land_km2 = 115.3
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area_total_sq_mi = 44.6
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 11664
population_density_km2 = 101.1
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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postal_code = 12180
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Brunswick is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. The population was 11,664 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the hamlets of Brunswick and Center Brunswick in the township. They, in turn, were named in honor of Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick a highly successful commander of English troops in the Seven Years' War. (Presumably veterans of the Hannoverian wars settled in the area.) In the colonial era, the town was a part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck. It is still largely a series of farming communities, with expanding suburban development serving the Albany/Colonie/Troy area.

The Town of Brunswick is east of Troy, New York, and is centrally located in Rensselaer County.

History

The town is believed to have been settled before 1730. There are a few of the old manor farm buildings still extant in town.

Originally, the area was all the Town of Troy, and in 1807, when the City of Troy was established, the country to the east of Troy was made the Town of Brunswick. Herman Melville once taught briefly in the local school district. The district two schoolhouse is named after President James Garfield who frequently visited Eagle Mills while attending college in Williamstown, MA.

The reputedly haunted Forest Park Cemetery is located on Pinewoods Avenue west of the hamlet of Eagle Mills.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.6 square miles (115.6 km²), of which, 44.5 square miles (115.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.25%) is water.

Most of the town is serviced by Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District, whose main campus is located at Clums Corners.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,664 people, 4,613 households, and 3,266 families residing in the town. The population density was 261.9 people per square mile (101.1/km²). There were 4,808 housing units at an average density of 108.0/sq mi (41.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.38% White, 0.90% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 4,613 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $56,528, and the median income for a family was $66,374. Males had a median income of $43,093 versus $31,995 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,554. About 3.1% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Brunswick

*Brunswick -- The hamlet of Brunswick is located in the eastern part of the town on Route 351.
*Center Brunswick -- A hamlet in the center of the town on Route 7.
*Cropseyville -- A hamlet on Route 2 in the eastern part of the town.
*Clum's Corners -- A hamlet on Route 2 in the eastern part of the town, and the site of Tamarac High School.
*Eagle Mills -- A hamlet in the south part of the town, west of Brunswick village.
*Haynersville -- A hamlet on Route 7 in the north part of the town.
*Mountain View -- A hamlet at the south town line.
*Sycaway -- A hamlet in the western part of the town, on the city line of Troy.
*Tamarac -- A hamlet on Route 129. It was formerly called "Platestown."

References

External links

* [http://www.townofbrunswick.org Town of Brunswick, NY]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/ny/ren-brunswick-ny.htm History of Brunswick, NY]
* [http://www.bhs-ny.org Brunswick Historical Society]


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