Colchester, New York

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Population in 2010: 2,077.
Population change since 2000: +1.7%
 
Males: 1,057  (50.9%)
Females: 1,020  (49.1%)
Median resident age:

48.9 years
New York median age:

40.7 years

Zip codes: 12776.

Estimated median household income in 2022: $56,475 (it was $32,147 in 2000)
Colchester:

$56,475
NY:

$79,557

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $30,185 (it was $15,636 in 2000)

Colchester town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $151,783 (it was $67,900 in 2000)
Colchester:

$151,783
NY:

$400,400

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $272,591; detached houses: $254,359; townhouses or other attached units: $225,571; in 2-unit structures: $277,007; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $721,615; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $247,836; mobile homes: $89,185
March 2022 cost of living index in Colchester: 97.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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  • Races in Colchester, NY (2010)
    • 1,99896.2%White alone
    • 391.9%Hispanic
    • 201.0%Two or more races
    • 120.6%Black alone
    • 60.3%Asian alone
    • 20.10%American Indian alone

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Ancestries: German (21.0%), Irish (17.2%), Italian (13.6%), English (12.2%), United States (6.1%), Dutch (6.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 137.4 square miles.

Population density: 15 people per square mile   (very low).

Colchester, New York map

43 residents are foreign born (1.9% Europe).

This town:

2.1%
New York:

20.4%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Colchester town:

1.2% ($796)
New York:

1.9% ($2,847)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Union, NY (54.5 miles , pop. 56,298).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Newark, NJ (98.2 miles , pop. 273,546).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (99.5 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities:

Downsville, NY (2.0 miles ),
Roscoe, NY (2.6 miles ),
Rockland, NY (3.2 miles ),
Livingston Manor, NY (3.4 miles ),
Fremont, NY (3.5 miles ),
Walton, NY (3.6 miles ),
Hamden, NY (3.6 miles ),
Andes, NY (3.8 miles )

Latitude: 42.03 N, Longitude: 74.97 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 607

Distribution of median household income in Colchester, NY in 2022
Colchester satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2022: 3 buildings, average cost: $135,000
  • 2021: 6 buildings, average cost: $194,500
  • 2020: 9 buildings, average cost: $236,700
  • 2019: 6 buildings, average cost: $223,200
  • 2018: 3 buildings, average cost: $367,700
  • 2017: 8 buildings, average cost: $160,600
  • 2016: 4 buildings, average cost: $180,000
  • 2015: 3 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2014: 9 buildings, average cost: $107,200
  • 2013: 10 buildings, average cost: $150,300
  • 2012: 9 buildings, average cost: $130,600
  • 2011: 11 buildings, average cost: $138,600
  • 2010: 10 buildings, average cost: $165,900
  • 2009: 10 buildings, average cost: $74,900
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $168,800
  • 2007: 12 buildings, average cost: $168,800
  • 2006: 20 buildings, average cost: $20,200
  • 2005: 19 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2004: 21 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2003: 24 buildings, average cost: $132,800
  • 2002: 14 buildings, average cost: $130,700
  • 2001: 10 buildings, average cost: $121,400
  • 2000: 10 buildings, average cost: $118,000
  • 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $109,200
  • 1998: 8 buildings, average cost: $101,700
Number of permits per 10,000 Colchester, NY residents
Average permit cost in Colchester, NY
Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

4.7%
New York:

4.4%
Most common industries in Colchester, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (16.6%)
  • Construction (12.6%)
  • Educational services (11.5%)
  • Public administration (8.2%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (4.5%)
  • Social assistance (3.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (21.9%)
  • Educational services (10.8%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (8.4%)
  • Public administration (7.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.6%)
  • Repair & maintenance (2.9%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (2.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (33.1%)
  • Educational services (12.2%)
  • Public administration (8.7%)
  • Social assistance (6.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.1%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Colchester, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Carpenters (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.5%)
  • Carpenters (5.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.9%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (3.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (10.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8.7%)
  • Registered nurses (5.4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)

Average climate in Colchester, New York

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Colchester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above New York state average. It is 56% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 3.9 miles away from the Colchester town center injured 12 people and caused $3 million in damages.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 tornado 35.3 miles away from the town center injured 3 people and caused $800,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Colchester-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New York state average. It is 67% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 136.8 miles away from Colchester center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 183.2 miles away from Colchester center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 181.2 miles away from the city center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 325.5 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 130.1 miles away from the city center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 44.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Delaware County (36) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 24
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 17, Storms: 15, Hurricanes: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Water Shortage: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 3 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Colchester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Colchester:

  • ROSCOE REGIONAL REHAB AND RESIDENTIAL H C F (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; ROSCOE, NY)
  • COUNTRYSIDE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; DELHI, NY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Colchester:

  • SUNY College of Technology at Delhi (about 17 miles; Delhi, NY; Full-time enrollment: 2,911)
  • SUNY Oneonta (about 31 miles; Oneonta, NY; FT enrollment: 6,081)
  • Ulster County Community College (about 45 miles; Stone Ridge, NY; FT enrollment: 2,207)
  • SUNY Broome Community College (about 50 miles; Binghamton, NY; FT enrollment: 4,969)
  • Orange County Community College (about 50 miles; Middletown, NY; FT enrollment: 4,742)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (about 50 miles; New Paltz, NY; FT enrollment: 7,319)
  • SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (about 50 miles; Cobleskill, NY; FT enrollment: 2,455)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Colchester: Air Shaft Number 3 (A), Camp Highmount (B), Downsville Fire Station (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Colchester: Horton Brook Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Horton Cemetery (1), Gregorytown Cemetery (2), Paige Cemetery (3), Wilson Hollow Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Lake Mimi (A), Mountain Lake (B), Mud Pond (C), Quinn Lake (D), Stuart Lake (E), Cables Lake (F), Edwards Pond (G), Huggins Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tub Mill Brook (A), Trout Brook (B), Wilson Hollow Brook (C), Flynn Brook (D), Bryden Hill Brook (E), Downs Brook (F), Roaring Brook (G), Doe Brook (H), Spooner Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Colchester: Bear Spring Mountain Game Management Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Delaware County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.2 people
New York:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

61.6%
Whole state:

63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

7.0%
Whole state:

6.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

12.7%
Whole state:

14.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.8%
Whole state:

7.4%
77 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
3 people in correctional residential facilities in 2010
93 people in nursing homes in 2000
3 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

For population 15 years and over in Colchester:

Marital status in Colchester, NY
  • Never married: 19.0%
  • Now married: 59.3%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 11.1%
  • Divorced: 8.6%

For population 25 years and over in Colchester:

  • High school or higher: 77.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%
  • Unemployed: 7.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
New York average:

14.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Colchester, NY (based on Delaware County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic8,5389
Mainline Protestant7,32565
Evangelical Protestant2,95130
Other2,32710
Orthodox121
None26,827-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 14
Delaware County:

3.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 35
This county:

7.56 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 56
Delaware County:

12.09 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Delaware County:

8.2%
New York:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Delaware County:

25.3%
New York:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Delaware County:

17.0%
State:

15.6%

Strongest AM radio stations in Colchester:

  • WDLA (1270 AM; 5 kW; WALTON, NY; Owner: BANJO COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WABC (770 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WFAN (660 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WPTR (1540 AM; 50 kW; ALBANY, NY; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WCBS (880 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WINS (1010 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WEPN (1050 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK AM RADIO, LLC)
  • WBBR (1130 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BLOOMBERG COMMUNICATIONS INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Colchester:

  • WDLA-FM (92.1 FM; WALTON, NY; Owner: BANJO COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.)
  • WJFF (90.5 FM; JEFFERSONVILLE, NY; Owner: RADIO CATSKILL)
  • WGKR (105.3 FM; GRAND GORGE, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WPDA (106.1 FM; JEFFERSONVILLE, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WFKP (99.3 FM; ELLENVILLE, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGWR (88.1 FM; LIBERTY, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WAMK (90.9 FM; KINGSTON, NY; Owner: W A M C)
  • WFGB (89.7 FM; KINGSTON, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WDHI (100.3 FM; DELHI, NY; Owner: BANJO COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.)
  • WIYN (94.7 FM; DEPOSIT, NY; Owner: BANJO COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.)
  • WRIP (97.9 FM; WINDHAM, NY; Owner: RIP RADIO, LLC)
  • WPDH (101.5 FM; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPGP (88.3 FM; TAFTON, PA; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WQFN (100.1 FM; FOREST CITY, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WHWK (98.1 FM; BINGHAMTON, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCDO-FM (100.9 FM; SIDNEY, NY; Owner: CDO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSQC-FM (91.7 FM; ONEONTA, NY; Owner: WSKG PUBLIC TELECOMM. COUNCIL)
  • WSRK (103.9 FM; ONEONTA, NY; Owner: ULTIMATE B/CASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBKT (95.3 FM; NORWICH, NY; Owner: BANJO COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC)
  • WSUL (98.3 FM; MONTICELLO, NY; Owner: REYNOLDS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 70Number of bridges
  • 886ft / 270mTotal length
  • $111,054,000Total costs
  • 53,307Total average daily traffic
  • 9,272Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Colchester, NY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 1Before 1900
  • 11920-1929
  • 31930-1939
  • 41940-1949
  • 51950-1959
  • 271960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 82000-2009
  • 92010-2019
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Colchester, NY

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Outlet Chamber West End Downsville Dam (Lat: 42.075083 Lon: -74.966278), Call Sign: KCK821,
    Assigned Frequencies: 37.5000 MHz, 47.9600 MHz, Grant Date: 11/21/2020, Expiration Date: 01/15/2031, Registrant: Nyc Doitt - Fcc Licensing (Wireless Technologies), 15 Metrotech Center, 18th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: (718) 403-6742, Email:


FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • (Lat: 41.995083 Lon: -74.916250), Call Sign: KEJ902, Licensee ID: L00003022,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.690 MHz, Expiration Date: 07/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 04/05/1999, Registrant: Citizens Telecommunications Company Of N, 850 Harrison Street Extension, Johnstown, NY 12095


Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Colchester, NY
  • 71.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 15.8%Wood
  • 8.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.0%Electricity
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Utility gas
  • 0.3%Coal or coke
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Colchester, NY
  • 71.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 15.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.6%Electricity
  • 6.0%Wood


Colchester compared to New York state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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