Colden is a town in Erie County, New
The population was 3,323 at the 2000
census. The town derives its name from Caldwalder D. Colden, a
The Town of Colden
is an interior town in the
south part of the county. It is one of the "Southtowns" of Erie
of Colden was organized April 2, 1827 from part of the Town of Holland. One of the first settlers was Richard Buffum
He purchased 2000 acres (8 km²) from
the Holland Land Company
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
35.7 square miles (92.5 km²), of which, 35.7 square
miles (92.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles
(0.2 km²) of it (0.22%) is water.
New York State Route 240
passes through the southwest part of the town.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,323
people, 1,262 households, and 951 families residing in the town.
The population density
people per square mile (36.0/km²). There were 1,337 housing units
at an average density of 37.5/sq mi (14.5/km²). The racial
makeup of the town was 98.83% White
, 0.03% African American
, 0.09% from other races
, and 0.66% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.42%
of the population.
There were 1,262 households out of which 32.4% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples
living together, 7.8% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families.
18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age
of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to
64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $47,230, and the
median income for a family was $52,460. Males had a median income
of $39,524 versus $28,269 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$22,510. About 2.7% of families and 3.4% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 3.0%
of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Colden
- Buffums Mills – A historical location in the
- Colden – The hamlet of Colden is in the west part of the
town on NY-240.
- Glenwood – A hamlet south of Colden village on
- Kissing Bridge – A Ski Area.
- Buffalo Ski Club – A semi-private Ski Area
(which includes the former Tamarack Ski resort, the former
Sitzmarker Area and Buffalo Area). This is a member owned club that
is open to the public.
Points of interest