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Cooperstown New York Overview of City, Crime Rate Statistics, and Related Information

Cooperstown is a village nestled on the southern edge of the gorgeous Otsego Lake. It is famous for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and The Farmer’s museum that depicts farm life in the 19th century. The Fenimore Art Museum is also another attraction of the town, displaying various genres of American art through the 20th Century. It is a popular weekend getaway for New Yorkers to unwind from the city blues.

The village was purchased by William Cooper in 1785 from Colonel George Croghan. The land amounted to around 10,000 acres (40 km2). He founded the village on Otsego Lake.  In 1807, it was incorporated as the Village of Otsego, but the name was later changed to Cooperstown in 1812.

Noted Residents of Cooperstown are the Stephen Clark, the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine. His family amassed wealth over a century, and a half and the Clark Family owns nearly 40km2 in and around Cooperstown. They also run charities and fund scholarships and support local initiatives. Stephen Clark was also the founder of the famous National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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The noted American author James Cooper, author of The Leatherstocking Tales and historical novels that include The Last of the Mohicans, is also the son of William Cooper. A prolific poet, W.W. Lord, also captured Cooperstown in many of his works. Another famous resident is Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and the Morse code.

Cooperstown’s other famous attraction is the Brewery Ommegang. The Brewery Ommegang is housed in a traditional Belgian Farmhouse spread over 136 acres of a hop farm. It specializes in traditional Belgian-style ales. Although it was only founded in 1997, it has become a place that is popular with visitors and residents alike.

 

Cooperstown New York Population

As of the 2010 census, Cooperstown has a population of 1,935 people.  Of this, 20.2 percent are under the age of 18, 5.4 percent from 18 to 24, 24.7 percent between 25 and 44, 22.8 percent from 45 to 64 and 26.9 percent above the age of 65. The ethnic composition of Cooperstown includes 86.6 percent White, 8.01 percent Asian, 2.27 percent Black, 1.91 percent Hispanic, and 0.88% of Native American residents.

The median age of Cooperstown is 52.3 years, significantly higher than the national median age of 38 years. The gender gap is extremely skewed as there are 768 females for every1000 males above the age of 18, and that is very significant.

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The median household income is $56,625. The average male income is $52,355 as compared to $42,340 for females. The average household included 2.03 members, and the average family had 2.83 members

The percentage of people with a high school diploma in the larger Otsego county is  90.5 percent, but only 28.5 percent of the population with a Bachelors Degree or higher.

Cooperstown New York Crime

According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) of the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), in the larger Otsego County, there were 24 cases of violent crime, 9 cases of rape and 15 cases of aggravated assault. There were also 74 cases of property crime and those include 31 cases of burglary, 42 cases of larceny-theft and 1 case of motor vehicle theft.

In 2013, there were a total of 20 cases of violent crime that include 1 case of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 1 case of robbery and 18 cases of aggravated assault. There were 75 cases of property crime that include 35 cases of burglary, 34 cases of larceny-theft and 6 cases of motor vehicle theft.

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