Schoharie (village), New York

Schoharie (/skˈhɛər/ skoh-HAIR-ee) is a village in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 1,030 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Schoharie County. The name is a native word for driftwood.

Schoharie, New York
Schoharie, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°40′1″N 74°18′35″W
Country United States
State New York
  Total1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
  Land1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
600 ft (183 m)
  Density540/sq mi (210/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)518
FIPS code36-65585
GNIS feature ID0964598
WebsiteOfficial website

The Village of Schoharie is in the southeast part of the Town of Schoharie and is west of Albany.


The village was first settled around 1718 by Palatine Germans.

The village was originally called "Brunnendorf," "Fountain Village," and "Sommersville." The first two names stem from a spring at the site of the early community.

The historic Middleburgh-Schoharie Railroad was half-based in the village.

Due to Hurricane Irene in August 2011 the Village experienced a 500-year flood which inundated large portions of the Village with up to 7 feet of water.

The Lasell Hall, Old Lutheran Parsonage, Old Stone Fort, St. Paul's Lutheran Church Historic District, Schoharie County Courthouse Complex, and Schoharie Valley Railroad Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2][3]


Schoharie is located at 42°40′1″N 74°18′34″W (42.667032, -74.30961).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²). None of the area is covered with water.

Schoharie is on Route 30 (Main Street) at the junction of County Roads 1A (Bridge Street) and 1B (Prospect Street).

The village is east of the Schoharie Creek.


Historical population
Est. 2016838[1]−9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,030 people, 448 households, and 254 families residing in the village. The population density was 623.8 people per square mile (241.0/km²). There were 478 housing units at an average density of 289.5 per square mile (111.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.86% White, 0.68% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.

There were 448 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the village, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,203, and the median income for a family was $50,750. Males had a median income of $34,000 versus $27,031 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,806. About 5.9% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Scholar and Memeologist Harry Bond VI grew up in Schoharie.
  • Author Chris Hedges grew up in Schoharie.
  • NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez lives in Schoharie and served as Town Supervisor.


  1. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. "National Register of Historic Places". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 9/08/14 through 9/12/14. National Park Service. 2014-09-19.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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