Rotterdam, New York is a municipality in Schenectady Co., At last count there were over 28,318 Rotterdam residents.
The municipality is located just west of Schenectady NY south of the Mohawk River covering an areas of over 94 sq. kilometers. The first settlement was founded by Dutch, who named it after the city of Rotterdam in Holland from whence many of its inhabitants embarked from.
In colonial times the area that was to become Rotterdam primarily consisted of farm real estate and forest allied to the residents of Schenectady where they would generally had their homes, often in the Stockade, Schenectady's premiere real estate location then and today. The area became Schenectady's 3rd Ward until 1820 when the State of New York enacted legislation to created the Town of Rotterdam.
According to the 2000 there were 28,318 people, 11,544 households, and 8,092 family units in the town. Population density is 787 persons per square mile (303.9/km²). There were 11,992 homes at an mean average density of 333.3 per square mile (128.7/km²). The ethnic makeup of the town was 97% European decent, less than 1% African American and less then 1% Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander. Less than 1% Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population. Of the 11,545 households 29% had children under the age of 18 in residents, 55% were married, 10% had a female head of the house, and 29% were non-families. 25% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.