Ilion, Herkimer County, New York, USA


Ilion is a village in Herkimer County, New York, USA. The population was 8,610 at the 2000 census. Ilion is a name for the ancient city of Troy.

The Village of Ilion is at the north town line of the Town of German Flatts. The Erie Canal is north of the village.


The area where Ilion is was first settled by Palatine Germans under the Burnetsfield Patent around 1725. Settlers first established residencies along Steeles Creek, which flows through the current village into the Mohawk River. Many mills were set up along the creek. After the American Revolution, a small community was set up in the area named New London. This area of the village still has buildings which use the name London.

The community began to flourish starting around 1816 when Eliphalet Remington created his first gun, which would later grow into the Remington Arms company. The community was even further advanced with the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.

In 1843 a post office was desired, so a name needed to be chosen. Remington rejected the use of his name as a name for the village, and it was eventually named Ilion. A popular, yet unverified rumor is that the application said Illium, but due to a misspelling or bad penmanship was interpreted as Ilion.

The Village of Ilion was incorporated in 1852.


Ilion's most notable and perhaps largest single employer is the Remington Arms Company. Remington was founded in Ilion in 1816, and continues to operate a factory in the village.

Ilion also contains such places of business as Fast Trac, Nice 'n Easy, Stewarts, Sorrentos, and many other small businesses.


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 8,610 people, 3,425 households, and 2,212 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,340.5/km² (3,476.6/mi²). There were 3,623 housing units at an average density of 564.1/km² (1,462.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.35% White, 0.66% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

There were 3,425 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,793, and the median income for a family was $38,203. Males had a median income of $30,069 versus $21,754 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,264. About 14.1% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.3% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.

City/Town : Latitude: 43.01697977093303, Longitude: -75.03979682922


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Foppes, Stuart Edward  1919Ilion, Herkimer County, New York, USA I164320


Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Arends, Jan Johannes  19 Oct 1938Ilion, Herkimer County, New York, USA I163564
2 Foppes, John Stuart  May 1926Ilion, Herkimer County, New York, USA I164247
3 Foppes, Stuart Edward  May 1926Ilion, Herkimer County, New York, USA I164320

This site powered by The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding v. 13.1.2, written by Darrin Lythgoe © 2001-2022.

Maintained by Hans Weebers. | Data Protection Policy.