SCHENECTADY COUNTY NY REAL ESTATE
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Schenectady County NY real estate is an important part of the Albany Capital District real estate market. Schenectady County is now comprised of five towns – Duanesburg, Glenville, Niskayuna, Princetown and Rotterdam, the City of Schenectady and two villages. The Village of Scotia lies wholly within Glenville and the Village of Delanson wholly within Duanesburg.
As of the census of 2010, there were 154,727 people, 60,684 households, and 39,918 families residing in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 79.77% White, 9.79% Black or African American and a small number of other groups. 6.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household in the county was $53,399 ($41,739-2000), and the median income for a family was $57,670.
Schenectady County NY History
In June, 1661, Arent Van Corlaer and 14 others applied to Governor Stuyvesant for permission to purchase from the Mohawk Tribe the “Great Flat,” a tract of land on the lower Mohawk. Permission was granted and the land was bought the following month. The earliest European settlers of Schenectady County came from the Netherlands.
Schenectady County was incorporated on March 7, 1809 when the Towns of Niskayuna, Duanesberg, Princetown, and the City of Schenectady, all part of Albany County at the time, came together. The Towns of Glenville and Rotterdam were incorporated at later dates and were originally wards within the City. The name Schenectady is believed to be derived from the Iroquois word Schau-naugh-ta-da, which is translated to “over the pine plains,” or “across the pine plains.” It is said it was applied to the place where Schenectady now stands, as being over the plains from Albany.
Schenectady County NY Real Estate Today
Schenectady County has a proud history of blazing new trails of discovery. It is the home of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz who changed the world with their innovation. Schenectady County has seen remarkable growth in recent years, pursuing a unified economic development strategy. Just a few examples include the expansion of Proctors, the addition of the Hampton Inn and Bow Tie Movieland in the city, the $25 million RailEx project in Rotterdam, the addition of GE Global Renewable Headquarters to the downtown Schenectady campus and expansion at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, and the expansion of Fortitech into the Airport Business Park in Glenville.
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