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Halfmoon is a town in Saratoga County, in the Albany metro area.
One tradition says the community was named for Henry Hudson's ship; another says it was named for the shape of the land.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Halfmoon. For links to other places called Halfmoon, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Halfmoon is 42.827N. The longitude is -73.718W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 282 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 18,474.
One of the community's early business leaders was Joshua Anthony, a cousin of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. He built a factory that made baking powder and food flavorings, was instrumental in getting a post office and railroad station for the area, and erected a private telegraph line linking local communities and his factory.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Halfmoon demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Saratoga County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Albany area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 12065 ZIP code.
13% of Halfmoon residents report German ancestry, and 19% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Halfmoon ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Halfmoon was $23,714, compared with $21,587 nationally.
30% of Halfmoon residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Halfmoon, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $596. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,283.
Saratoga County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Halfmoon political report.
The average commute time for Halfmoon workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Halfmoon between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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