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Ilion, New York
The Village of Ilion is in the Town of German Flatts.
The area where Ilion is was first settled by Palatine Germans under the Burnetsfield Patent around 1752. Settlers first established residencies along Steeles Creek, which flows through the current village into the Mohawk River. Many mills were set up along the creek. After the American Revolution, a small community was setup in the area named New London. This area of the village still has buildings which use the name London.
The community began to flourish starting around 1816 when Eliphalet Remington created his first gun, which would later grow into the Remington Arms company. The community was even further advanced with the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.
In 1843 a post office was desired, so a name needed to be chosen. Remington rejected the use of his name as a name for the village, and it was eventually named Ilion. A popular, yet unverified rumor is that the application said Illium, but due to a misspelling or bad penmanship was interpreted as Ilion.
Ilion's most notable and perhaps largest single employer is the Remington Arms Company. Remington was founded in Ilion in 1816, and continues to operate a factory in the village.
Immigrants from Canada were popular in Ilion; this was because of Remington Arms.
Its coordinates are 43°0'48" North, 75°2'37" West (43.013408, -75.043633).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 8,610 people, 3,425 households, and 2,212 families residing in the village. The population density is 1,340.5/km² (3,476.6/mi²). There are 3,623 housing units at an average density of 564.1/km² (1,462.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 97.35% White, 0.66% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 1.58% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,425 households out of which 33.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% are married couples living together, 14.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% are non-families. 30.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 3.06.
In the village the population is spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village is $31,793, and the median income for a family is $38,203. Males have a median income of $30,069 versus $21,754 for females. The per capita income for the village is $14,264. 17.1% of the population and 14.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 23.3% of those under the age of 18 and 13.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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