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Cooperstown, New York

For a list of other places, see Cooperstown (disambiguation).

Cooperstown is a village located in Otsego County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2,032. It is the county seat of Otsego County6. Cooperstown was named after and founded by Judge William Cooper, the father of author James Fenimore Cooper.

The Village of Cooperstown was incorporated in 1912 and most of the village lies inside the Town of Otsego, but part is in the Town of Middlefield.



Cooperstown is located at 42°41'50" North, 74°55'37" West (42.697335, -74.926913)1. The source of the Susquehanna River is near Cooperstown, which is on Otsego Lake.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²). 4.0 km² (1.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.53% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,032 people, 906 households, and 479 families residing in the village. The population density is 509.5/km² (1,317.5/mi²). There are 1,070 housing units at an average density of 268.3/km² (693.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 96.21% White, 0.94% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 2.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 906 households out of which 23.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% are married couples living together, 8.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.1% are non-families. 41.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.05 and the average family size is 2.83.

In the village the population is spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 76.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $36,992, and the median income for a family is $50,250. Males have a median income of $39,625 versus $20,595 for females. The per capita income for the village is $26,799. 10.2% of the population and 5.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.5% of those under the age of 18 and 5.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cooperstown facts

Cooperstown is perhaps best known has the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Folklore tells that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in nearby Fly Creek in 1839. Part of the film A League of Their Own was filmed in Cooperstown.

Also present in Cooperstown are a number of other attractions. These include the Farmer's Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) library, a large fitness facility, the Clark Sport Center, and other things. All construction in the village is closely monitored by a village board, so the buildings have maintained a historical feel to a certain extent.

Cooperstown gets a large amount of monitary support from Jane Clark. The Clark family, who became wealthy off of the Singer Sewing Machine, has donated money for a variety of causes including decorating the village, scholarships, and village construction projects.

External links

  • Village of Cooperstown, NY
  • Baseball Hall of Fame
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Last updated: 04-29-2005 16:57:25