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Northampton is a town in Fulton Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 2,760 at the 2000 census. The name comes from an original land patent. Northampton is in the northeast part of the county and is northeast of Gloversvillemarker.

The town of Gatesmarker in Monroe County, New Yorkmarker was once also called Northampton.


The town is derived from the Northampton Patent of 1741.The area was first settled around 1762 at a location called "Fish House," named after a fishing retreat for Sir William Johnson.

The town was formed from part of the northern part of the Town of Broadalbinmarker in 1799.

Before the formation of the Scanadaga Reservoir in 1930, there was more dry land and swamp land in the town. This land is now beneath the surface of the lake.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.7 square miles (89.9 km²), of which, 21.0 square miles (54.5 km²) of it is land and 13.7 square miles (35.4 km²) of it (39.37%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Hamilton Countymarker and the east town line is the border of Saratoga Countymarker.

The northwest end of Great Sacandaga Lakemarker (formerly called the Great Sacandaga Reservoir) is in the town, where the Sacandaga River enters the lake. Northampton is inside the Adirondack Park.

New York State Route 30 is a north-south highway.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,760 people, 1,163 households, and 782 families residing in the town. The population density was 131.1 people per square mile (50.6/km²). There were 1,962 housing units at an average density of 93.2/sq mi (36.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 0.33% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 1,163 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,420, and the median income for a family was $44,896. Males had a median income of $32,900 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,997. About 6.2% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Northampton

  • Carpenters Corners – A hamlet southeast of Northville located on County Road 113.
  • Fairchild Corners – A location south of Carpenters Corners.
  • Fish House – A hamlet in the southeast corner of the town. It is separated from the rest of the town by Great Sacandaga Lake.
  • Hampton Point – A projection into the lake southwest of Northville.
  • Hunters Creek – A stream northeast of Northville.
  • Kenyon Islands – Islands in the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  • Mead Island – An island in Great Sacandaga Lake near the shoreline.
  • Northvillemarker – A village located where the Sacandaga River enters Great Sacandaga Lake and is just west of NY-30.
  • Sacandaga Park – A hamlet on the west shore of Great Sacandaga Lake and on NY-30 near the junction of County Road 143.
  • Sweets Crossing – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town on NY-30.
  • Tamarack Swamp – A swamp by the town line southwest of Northville.
  • Woodland Lake – A small lake west of Northville.


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