Welcome…Town of Colonie
Established by an act of the New York State Legislature on June 7, 1895, the Town of Colonie received its name from the Dutch “Colonye”, meaning “the settlement outside the city.” It was created from the Town of Watervliet when farmers living in the rural part of the Town were dissatisfied with being governed by the Village of West Troy. The New York State Legislature, after listening to their concerns, allowed the rural portion of the Town to secede. Subsequently, most of the former Township of Watervliet, except the City of Watervliet, became the Town of Colonie.
Since its inception, the Town of Colonie has steadily grown to become the largest and most populous suburb in Albany County with 57.2 square miles and nearly 80,000 residents. The newly renovated and expanded Albany International Airport is located within the borders of the Town, and the Amtrak Railway is a short drive away. Colonie is bordered on the north by the Mohawk River and on the East by the navigable Hudson River. The Town of Colonie, a Town of the first class (in New York, towns are either first or second class depending upon their size), is one of 932 towns in the State of New York. It ranks 16th in population, and is the largest of the 10 towns in Albany County.
Colonie is located in the 21st Congressional District, the 107th Assembly District and the 42nd Senatorial District.
There are two incorporated villages in the Town, the Village of Colonie and the Village of Menands. Additionally, there are a number of unincorporated, heavily populated areas namely, Latham, Verdoy, Maplewood, Boght Corners, Maywood, Newtonville, West Albany, Schuyler Heights, Roessleville, Mansville, Lishakill, Stanford Heights and Loudonville.
The hamlet of Loudonville has a population of approximately 13,400 residents with a population density of 1632 per square miles. The median age of residents is 34.89 and the average household income is $108,705.00. The average commuting time is 15 minutes, while the average annual precipitation is 38.60 inches. The average January high temperature is 31 degrees, with the January low average is 13 degrees. The average July high temperature is 82 degrees with the July low average temperature being 60 degrees.
The Town of Colonie is continually striving to offer an excellent quality of life for Town residents with many excellent recreational opportunities. The Town is fortunate to have the Crossings, the Town Park and pool, and the Town golf course, to name a few. A new 12 acre passive park on a beautiful piece of riverfront property along the Mohawk River will soon be a reality for the Town. All this along with the award-winning Town of Colonie school district enhances the quality of life for the Town of Colonie.