Milton, New York
Milton, New York
Location within the state of New York
|• Total||35.75 sq mi (92.60 km2)|
|• Land||35.69 sq mi (92.44 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.17 km2)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||537.60/sq mi (207.57/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (Eastern EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+5 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||2497690|
Milton is a town in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population was 17,103 at the 2000 census. Some believe that the town was named after the poet, John Milton, while other sources state that it is a shortening of "Mill-town" for the early mill activity.
The Town of Milton is an interior town in the central part of the county. Milton is southwest of Saratoga Springs.
This region was part of the Kayaderossera patent of 1708. The town was first settled around 1772.
In 1807, part of Milton was lost when Ballston Spa became an incorporated village.
In the mid-to-late-19th century, the Town of Milton was the site of numerous manufacturing concerns. The most famous was the paper mills of "Paper Bag King" George West, who invented a line of square-bottomed paper bags and sold them by the millions soon after the American Civil War. There were also the celebrated hard edge tool factories of Isaiah Blood, the large planing, sash, and door mill of Benjamin Barber, the National Folding Box paper mill, and the Cottrell Paper Mill, the only manufacturer that still operates today. All of these mills were water-powered, and therefore succumbed to competition from electric-powered factories in the early 20th century.
The Town of Milton had its very own terminal trolley railroad line early in the 20th century. Called The Ballston Terminal Railroad, it spanned 12 miles from Ballston Spa to Rock City Falls and Middle Grove. It was unique in that it was one of the few trolley railroads in the country to serve primarily industry rather than carry passengers. The trolley operated from 1898 to 1929.
The Kesselring Site for Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program was established in 1948 in West Milton.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.3 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.
The Kayaderosseras Creek flows through the eastern part of Milton.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,103 people, 6,401 households, and 4,544 families residing in the town. The population density was 480.5 people per square mile (185.5/km²). There were 6,701 housing units at an average density of 188.2 per square mile (72.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.43% White, 1.02% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.
There were 6,401 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $45,262, and the median income for a family was $51,771. Males had a median income of $36,863 versus $27,335 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,443. About 4.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
1. Lost Industries of the Kaydeross Valley: A History of Manufacturing in Ballston Spa, New York, 2007.
2. The Ballston Terminal Railroad, 2008.
3. Centennial History of the Village of Ballston Spa, 2007.