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Coxsackie is a town in Greene Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 8,884 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is said to derived from a Native American term, but it has various translations ("owl's hoot" is locally common).

The Town of Coxsackie has a village also called Coxsackiemarker. The town is in the northeast part of the county.

The town of Coxsackie is notable for being the namesake of Coxsackievirus since it was first discovered here.


The settlement of Coxsackie began in the 17th Century, around 1652 as part of the development of New Netherlands. The area became a district in 1772, and the Town of Coxsackie was founded in 1788. Part of Coxsackie was lost when the Town of Durhammarker was formed in 1790. Further land was lost in the formation of the newer Towns of Cairomarker and Greenville, Greene Countymarker, New Yorkmarker (1803), New Baltimoremarker (1811), and Athensmarker in 1815.

One of the first settlers here was Pieter Bronck, of the same family for which the Bronxmarker is named. In1663, he built the Pieter Bronck Housemarker in West Coxsackie (open as a museum). The nearby family burial ground includes a separate plot with marked graves for slaves of the family.

In 1900, the combined population of the town and village was 2,994.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.4 square miles (99.4 km²), of which, 36.9 square miles (95.6 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (3.86%) is water.

The eastern town line is defined by the Hudson River and is the border of Columbia Countymarker, New York.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and U.S. Route 9W pass through the town.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,884 people, 2,422 households, and 1,583 families residing in the town. The population density was 240.8 people per square mile (93.0/km²). There were 2,789 housing units at an average density of 75.6/sq mi (29.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.24% White, 5.33% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.15% of the population.

There were 2,422 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 24.3% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 185.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 210.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,830, and the median income for a family was $46,189. Males had a median income of $37,823 versus $26,859 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,830. About 9.5% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Coxsackie

  • Bronck Housemarker – A house in West Coxsackie built by Pieter Bronck in 1663 (open as a museum)
  • Climax – A hamlet northwest of Coxsackie village on Route 81.
  • Coxsackiemarker – The Village of Coxsackie.
  • Coxsackie Correctional Facilitymarker – A state prison southwest of Coxsackie village.
  • Earlton – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Hudson Islands State Park
  • Surprise – A hamlet at the west town line.
  • Sleepy Hollow Lake – A lake partly in the south part of the town (a "resort" development).
  • West Coxsackie – A hamlet northwest of Coxsackie village on Route 81.


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