|The Town of Riga|
|Location||Southwest of Rochester, in Monroe County, New York||Riga Township, Monroe County, New York|
|Detailed map (PDF)||Detailed map of Riga|
|Geographical Area||35.3 sq. miles|
|Population||5,590 as of the 2010 census|
|Town Hall||Riga Town Hall|
|Home to Village(s)||Churchville|
|Wikipedia article||Riga, NY|
Riga Town History, on the town web site.
Riga is home to Churchville Park, which is more than one square mile in size.
Though the pace of development increased beginning around 1990, it's still largely a rural and agricultural community. Residential development will likely be stymied for awhile as the result of the opening of the Mill Seat Landfill in 1993.
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2005-08-02 12:04:22 Is Riga named after the capital of Latvia, and, if so, why? —TobinFricke
2005-08-02 12:16:30 I don't believe there's an eastern European connection, but I admit I'm at a less to pinpoint the origin of the name. —JohnMoriello
2005-08-02 14:13:39 Lima, Egypt? I'm thinking someone who laied out the county was a geography buff way-back-when. —FarMcKon
2007-05-14 00:17:25 I'm going to Riga, the capital of Latvia this June. Maybe there is a connection? I will report back with my findings. —BenMargolis
2012-11-29 22:38:33 Named after Riga of Russia (at the time Prussia, Now Latvia) Source: Rochester and Monroe County By Federal Writers' Project. New York (State) Prussian immigrants may have encouraged the name. —mattconheady
2012-11-30 19:10:52 Actually, a lot of these town names were given to uninhabited lands when the Holland Land Company bought the Holland Purchase (Phelps-Gorham Purchase) of 1796. As the company sold groups of plots together around a planned town, they often used European town names, sometimes chosen at random, and sometimes to reflect something of a similar aspect to the land being offered. To be put on a map, a town had to have a name, and most of these town names existed before anybody actually lived in them. Such is the case for Riga, Chili, Greece, Batavia, etc. —alex-c