Indian Lake is a town in Hamilton County, New York, United States. The population was 1,352 at the 2010 census. The name is from a lake of the same name that is largely inside the town. There are no permanent stop lights in the town. Law enforcement is provided by New York State Troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 266.3 square miles (689.6 km). 251.8 square miles (652.2 km) of the town are land, and 14.4 square miles (37.4 km), or 5.42%, are water.
The town lies within the Adirondack Park. Essex County and Warren County border the town to its east. In the village center, the east-west State Route 28 meets the north-south Route 30. The Hudson River forms part of the eastern town line.
Land within the town is a mixture of state and private ownership. There are dozens of seasonal hunting camps.
According to the census of 2000, there were 1,471 people, 651 households, and 425 families residing in the town. The population density is 5.8 people per square mile (2.2/km²). There are 1,722 housing units with an average density of 6.8 per square mile (2.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.96% White, 0.34% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.75% multi-racial. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.
Within the town’s 651 households, 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female head of household, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone and 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.77.
In the town, the population under the age of 18 is 20.0%, with 4.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $32,328, and the median income for a family is $39,438. The median income for males is $29,375 as compared to$23,661 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,940. A lot of people in the town commute south for work, as the Town of Indian Lake itself has very little industry. About 4.4% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.