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Schenectady is a city located in Schenectady County, New York, of which it is the county seat. It is a city in central New York State, near the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. It is in the same metropolitan area as the state capital, Albany, New York; central Schenectady is about 15 miles north-west of central Albany. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 61,821. The city also has the ZIP code 12345.

Schenectady geography

Schenectady is located at 42°48'15" North, 73°55'45" West (42.804076, -73.929289). The altitude above sea-level is 211 to 275 feet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.5 km² (11.0 mi²). 28.1 km² (10.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.27% water.

Schenectady history

Schenectady was first settled in 1661 when the area was a colony of the Netherlands. Settlement was led by Arent Van Curler, who was granted letters of patent to Schenectady in 1684.

On February 8, 1690 the town was attacked and overrun by forces of France and their Native American allies, who burned the town and killed all but 60 of the inhabitants.

In 1765 Schenectady was incorporated as a borough. It was chartered as a city in 1798.

Union College was founded here in 1795.

In 1887 Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works to Schenectady. In 1892 Schenectady became the headquarters of the General Electric Company.

The first regularly scheduled broadcast television programing originated in Schenectady in 1928.

Historic population of Schenectady: 13,655 in 1880; 31,682 in 1900; 92,061 in 1950.

The city was once known as "The City that Lights and Hauls the World" because of its history and the heritage of the Edison Electric Company, now known as General Electric, and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), which disappeared in the late 1960s. In the early 21st century, the city is experiencing difficult financial times, as are many upstate New York cities.

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