Troy (New York)

Rensselaer County


Troy is a city in the U.S. state of New York in the United States. In the city of the county seat is ( county seat ) of Rensselaer counties. The city's motto is Ilium fuit, Troja est, which means Troy was, Troy is.

Troy is located on the east bank of the Hudson River. The nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady form with Troy together called the Capital District.

The term " Collar City " won the city for textile production - including just shirts, collars and belts (English collars ). The iron industry played a significant role in the city.


Before the arrival of Europeans, the area of the present town was settled by the Mahican Indians. From the 17th century Dutch settled here. 1789 Troy got its present name. In 1816 the settlement was declared a town. Founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer Rensselaer the School, now the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1862, the worst city fire raged in the city's history, triggered by the sparks of a locomotive.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.5 km ², of which 27.0 km ² of land and 1.5 km ² omitted ( = 5.44 %) to water.

Troy is located a few kilometers north of Albana on the other side of the Hudson River, not far from the spot where the Erie Canal and Champlain Canals separate, at the end point of the New York Barge Canal.

The city forms the central portion of the western border of Rensselaer County. The Hudson River forms the western boundary of the urban area and is also the border between Rensselaer County and Albany County. To the north lies adjacent to the Town of Schaghticoke, Brunswick is bordered on the east and North Greenbush is located south; in the West is on the other side of the river in Albany County Colonie with the lying there Villages of Menands and Green Iceland and the citys of Watervliet and Cohoes. In the northwest Troy borders on the location within the Town of Waterford in Saratoga County Village of Waterford.

The western edge of the city is the shallow shore area along the Hudson River. The profile then rises steeply to the eastern parts of Troy. Average Troy is located about 15 m high, but the terrain in the east is about 150 m high. The metropolitan area is an elongated area that is wider in the south than in the north, which is formed by the independent Lansingburgh to 1900. Several Kills flow through Troy and empty into the Hudson River, Kill and Wynants Kill Pösten are the two largest of which, in the course of numerous small lakes and waterfalls are. to other lakes and reservoirs within the city limits include Lake Ida, Burden Pond, Lansingburgh Reservoir, Bradley Lake, Smarts Pond and Wright Lake.


At the time of the census of 2000, there were 49,170 persons Troy. The population density was 1823.7 people per km ². There were 23,093 housing units at an average 856.5 per km ². The population consisted of Troy's 80.22 % White, 11.41 % African American, 0.28 % Native American, 3.49% Asian, 0.04 % Pacific Islander, 2.20 % reported other races to belong and 2.35 % from two or more races. 4.33 % of the population to be Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The inhabitants of Troy were distributed among 19,996 households out of which 27.0% were living in children under 18 years. 32.6 % married couples living together, 16.3 % had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.3 % were non-families. 36.6 % of households were made ​​up of individuals and someone lived in 12.6 % of all households aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size is 2.97.

The population was spread out with 22.1 % under the, 17.6 % 18 - to 24 -year-old, 28.5 % 25 - to 44 -year-old, 18.1% 45 - to 64 -year-olds and 13.7 % under the age 65 years or more. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. In the over -18s accounted for 100 women, 96.0 men.

The median household income in Troy was 29,844 U.S. dollars and the median family income reached the level of 38 631 U.S. dollars. The average income of men was 30,495 U.S. dollars, compared to 25,724 U.S. dollars for women. The per capita income amounted to 16,796 U.S. dollars. 19.1 % of the population and 14.3% of families had affected an income below the poverty line, including 25.0 % of minors and 9.5 % of those age 65 or over.

According to own statements of the respondents 23% of Irish ancestry, 13 % of Italians and 11% of German Emigration come from, 8 % said French ancestors and 7 % had English ancestors. 5 % said to be descendants of Polish immigrants.


Among the attractions of the city include the Central Troy Historic District.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • John A. Sampson (1873-1946), gynecologist
  • Sadie Koninsky (1879-1952), composer, music publisher
  • Johnny Evers (1881-1947), baseball player and manager
  • Solita Solano (1888-1975), editor, novelist and journalist
  • Maureen Stapleton (1925-2006), actress
  • Jack Maheu (1930-2013), jazz musician
  • Nick Brignola (1936-2002), jazz musician
  • Howard James Hubbard ( born 1938 ), Catholic bishop
  • Yvar Mikhashoff (1941-1993), pianist
  • Russell Wong ( born 1963 ), actor and photographer
  • Guy Hebert (born 1967 ), professional ice hockey goaltender

Personalities with a connection to Troy