Named for the Founding Father whose reputation has been on the rise since 2015, Hamilton is a town of about 6,500 people in Madison County. Tucked away on 41 prime square miles and featuring a dozen distinctive neighborhoods, this community is a warm and welcoming place. Hamilton gives you the chance to leave the big cities behind for wide open green space and fresh air—without sacrificing access to a great local economy and plenty of employers eager to hire an educated workforce. It is simply the best of both worlds, right in your own back yard.
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Hamilton’s population is distributed across 1,500 households and just under 1,000 families. With less than 150 people per square mile, it has one of the lowest population densities in the region—and uses that fact to ensure plenty of parks and unspoiled spaces to enjoy. About 94% of the population self-identifies as white, 2% as African-American, and 2.5% as Asian, with residents of other backgrounds representing less than one percentage point each. The median household income stands just below $40,000, while median family income reaches above $50,000.
With around 1,800 housing units in the community, Hamilton offers a mid-sized real estate market with some seasonal variation. You can expect anywhere from 30 to 100 homes on the market depending on time of year and other factors. The median listing price is over $200,000, but desirable properties can be found for $100,000 or, in rare cases, the $50,000-$70,000 range. Browse the newest real estate listings in Hamilton, NY.
The Hamilton Central School District enrolls about 600 public school students in grades Pre-K through 12. Its student-teacher ratio is an excellent 11:1, and it is consistently ranked among Madison County’s leaders in academic performance. Families praise the quality of academic programs, college preparation, and instruction. Students often go on to attend the University of Rochester or Boston University.
The village of Hamilton—a smaller community within the town—is the site of Colgate University. Founded in 1819, Colgate is a private liberal arts college with 3,000 students in 56 undergraduate disciplines. In 2020, it was named one of the Top 20 Best Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Local students can easily commute, but Colgate stands out for the quality of its residence halls and on-campus dining. Find homes in Hamilton by school district.
Hamilton sits on the border of Chenango County—giving it access to industry-leading employers within a short journey south or north. Oneida, Utica, Ithaca, and Syracuse are all in driving distance, making Hamilton the crossroads of some of New York’s most robust economies.
Top private employers within Madison County include Colgate University, Oneida Healthcare, Briggs & Stratton, and Marquardt Switches. To the south, you’ll find top NBT Bank, Chobani Foods, and The Raymond Corporation.
As in much of New York, many roles are available in state or county government. Likewise, facilities such as Chenango Memorial Hospital and Oneida Healthcare anchor a vibrant health and medical sector.
The Hamilton Village Historic District has been recognized on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984 and includes a wealth of 155 contributing structures. Visitors can enjoy the Village Park or see the Adon Smith House or preserved Post Office.
The Longyear Museum of Anthropology sits on the Colgate University campus. A teaching collection of cultural heritage materials, it has held exhibits on African crafting, Indigenous fashion, global pottery traditions, art of the ancient Andes, and many more.
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