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Washington County, New York
Seal of Washington County, New York
Map of New York highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of New York (state)
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
New York's location in the U.S.
Founded March 12, 1772
Seat Fort Edward
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

846 sq mi (2,191 km²)

10 sq mi (26 km²), 1.23%
 - (2000)
 - Density

73/sq mi (28/km²)

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 61,042. It was named for the Revolutionary War general (and later President of the United States) George Washington. The county seat is Fort Edward.


When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Washington County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.

On March 12 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. The other two were called Tryon County (later renamed Montgomery County) and Charlotte County.

In 1784, the name "Charlotte County" was changed to honor George Washington, the American Revolutionary War general and later President of the United States of America.

In 1788, Clinton County was split off from Washington County. This was a much larger area than the present Clinton County, including several other counties or county parts of the present New York State.

In 1791, the Town of Cambridge was transferred from Albany County to Washington County.

In 1813, Warren County was split off from Washington County. [1]

In 1994, with the completion of the new municipal center, the county seat was moved from Hudson Falls to Fort Edward.

Notable Natives/Residents[]

  • Don Warren, a luthier (guitar maker); the owner and creator of Warren Guitars. Several guitar legends such as Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, Dan Toler, (former member of The Allman Brothers Band) and Marc Colombo, (offensive line player for The Dallas Cowboys) have used or are currently using, Warren Guitars. A Warren Guitar can be heard during the video game "SpiderMan 3".


Washington County is located in the northeastern section of the State. The eastern boundary of Washington County is the New York-Vermont border, part of which is Lake Champlain.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,191 km² (846 sq mi). 2,164 km² (835 sq mi) of it is land and 27 km² (10 sq mi) of it (1.23%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census² of 2000, there were 61,042 people, 22,458 households, and 15,787 families residing in the county. The population density was 28/km² (73/sq mi). There were 26,794 housing units at an average density of 12/km² (32/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.97% White, 2.92% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 2.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,458 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,668, and the median income for a family was $43,500. Males had a median income of $31,537 versus $22,160 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,958. About 6.80% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

New York State Route 22 passing through Washington County

North: Warren and
Essex Counties
West: Saratoga County
Hudson River
Washington County East: Rutland and
Bennington Counties, Vermont
South: Rensselaer County


External links[]

Coordinates: 43°19′N 73°26′W / 43.32, -73.43

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