Watervliet (/wɔːtərˈvliːt/ waw-tər-VLEET or /wɔːtərvəˈliːt/ waw-tər-və-LEET) is a city in Albany County in the U.S. state of New York. The population was 10,254 as of the 2010 census. Watervliet is north of Albany, the capital of the state, and is bordered on the north, west, and south by the town of Colonie. The city is also known as “the Arsenal City”.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km), of which 1.4 square miles (3.5 km) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km), or 8.79%, is water.
Watervliet is bordered on three sides by the town of Colonie (on the north by the hamlet of Maplewood, on the west by the hamlets of Latham and Mannsville, and on the south by the hamlet of Schuyler Heights). The northeastern corner of Watervliet is bounded by the town and village of Green Island. South of Green Island, Watervliet is bounded on the east by the Hudson River (which is the boundary between Albany County and Rensselaer County). The city of Troy is across the river from Watervliet. Watervliet is mostly flat, but begins an extreme slope in the center of its most westerly edge (especially between the Watervliet Arsenal and 19th Street, an area once called “Temperance Hill”).
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,254 people, 4,683 households, and 2,564 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 84.00% White, 10.87% African American, 0.18% Native American, 2.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.21% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.62% of the population.
There were 4,665 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.9% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,910, and the median income for a family was $38,735. About 12.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Watervliet New York neighborhoods include: 12th Ave/Hillside, Archmont Knolls, Corina Ct, Hudson Preserve, Manchester Heights Subdivision, Maplewood, North Ridge Hollow, Peluso Neighbohood, Ridgefield, Spring Meadows, Watervliet