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Arietta is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 304 at the 2010 census. The town was named after the mother of one of the first settlers, Rensselaer Van Rennslaer.[4]

Arietta, New York
Location in Hamilton County and the state of New York
Location in Hamilton County and the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°30′55″N 74°34′12″W / 43.51528°N 74.57000°W / 43.51528; -74.57000
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorRichard Wilt (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total329.41 sq mi (853.16 km2)
 • Land317.18 sq mi (821.49 km2)
 • Water12.23 sq mi (31.67 km2)
2,402[2] ft (732 m)
 • Total304
 • Estimate 
 • Density0.89/sq mi (0.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)518
FIPS code36-041-02572
GNIS feature ID0978688


The town was first settled around 1827 at Piseco Lake.

The town of Arietta was formed in 1836,[2] from the town of Lake Pleasant. In 1837, part of Arietta was used to form part of the town of Long Lake. Another part of Arietta was added to Long Lake in 1861.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Arietta has a total area of 329.4 square miles (853 km2), of which 317.6 square miles (823 km2) are land and 11.8 square miles (31 km2), or 3.59%, are water.

The town of Arietta is inside the Adirondack Park.

The south town line is the border of Fulton County.

The East Canada Creek flows southward from the area around Powley to the Mohawk River. The West Branch of the Sacandaga River flows from Piseco Lake, via the Piseco Outlet, to the east.

New York State Route 8, an east-west highway, intersects New York State Route 10, a north-south highway, south of Piseco Lake.

Adjacent towns and areasEdit

The west border of Arietta is the town of Morehouse. To the east are the towns of Lake Pleasant, Wells, and Benson. The town of Long Lake is at the north border. The south border is formed by the towns of Stratford and Caroga in Fulton County.


Census Pop.
Est. 2016282[3]−7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 293 people, 126 households, and 86 families residing in the town. The population density was 0.9 people per square mile (0.4/km²). There were 788 housing units at an average density of 2.5 per square mile (1.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 126 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,375, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $22,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,378. None of the families and 2.8% of the population were living below the poverty line.

Communities and locations in AriettaEdit

Inhabited locationsEdit

  • Arietta – The hamlet of Arietta is located on NY-10 in the southern part of the town.
  • Avery's Place (or Avery Place) – A hamlet on NY-10 north of Arietta and south of Higgins Bay.
  • Clockmill Corners – A location by the western town line, on Powley Road.
  • Higgins Bay – This hamlet is on the south shore of Piseco Lake on NY-8. The community is located on a small bay in the lake, also called Higgins Bay. It is north of the junction of Routes NY-8 and NY-10.
  • Kenwells – A location on the west town line in the northern part of the town.
  • Piseco – A hamlet located by Piseco Lake, which was originally proposed as the county seat.
  • Piseco Airport (K09) – A small general aviation airport north of Piseco.
  • Powley Place – A deserted hamlet by the western town line, on Powley Road.
  • Rudestone – A hamlet on Old Piseco Road between Piseco Lake and Oxbow Lake.
  • Shaker Place – A location west of NY-10 and south of Higgins Bay.

Geographical featuresEdit


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Town of Arietta". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "THE HISTORY OF PISECO LAKE". 2000. Retrieved 21 December 2017. data
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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