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Colonie (V)

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. Colonie is a village in Albany County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 79,258. The name is derived from the Dutch Colonye or Colonie, derived from the Colonie of Rensselaerswyck. All the land outside the Village of Beverwyck was referred to as the Colonie.

The village of Colonie is north of Albany, New York and is at the northern border of the county. Within the village of Colonie is a village, also known as Colonie. The village of Colonie was formed in 1895 from most of what remained of the former village of Watervliet, leaving only the city of Watervliet, New York. The original village of Watervliet was the mother of villages in Albany County, and Colonie is its historical successor. In October 2006, the village of Colonie was ranked the sixth safest place to live in a Morgan Quitno Publishing study of crime rates across the United States.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 149.9 square kilometers, out of which 145.2 square kilometers of its area is covered by land and 4.7 square kilometers is occupied by water. The north village line is the border of Schenectady County, partly marked by the Mohawk River. The east village line is the border of Rensselaer County, marked by the Hudson River.
As of the census of 2000, there were 79,258 people, 30,980 households, and 20,539 families residing in the village. The population density was 545.8 per square kilometers. There were 32,280 housing units at an average density of 222.3 per square kilometers.
There are two public school districts that serve the village of Colonie, the South Colonie Central School District and North Colonie Central Schools. North Colonie serves Latham and the smaller, rural hamlets to the north of Latham, as well as most of Loudonville and Newtonville. There are two dedicated newspapers for parts of the village, the Colonie Spotlight and Loudonville Spotlight. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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