Blooming Grove, New York

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Blooming Grove is a town in Orange County, New York, USA. The population was 17,351 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Blooming Grove is in the central part of the county, located southwest of Newburgh.

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History

The Town of Blooming Grove was formed from the Town of Cornwall in 1799. In 1830, the Town of Hamptonburgh was established from part of Blooming Grove. Another part of Blooming Grove was taken to form the Town of Chester in 1845.

The Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville is the oldest continuously operating winery in the United States, having been established in 1839.

As of July 2006, legislation has been passed in order to incorporate a southern portion of the town into a separate community known as South Blooming Grove. This legislative action has led to the creation of a new community in Orange County for the first time since the late 1970s. On July 14, 2006 the state of New York incorporated the hamlet of South Blooming Grove into a village. This hamlet is now known as the "Village of South Blooming Grove."

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91.5 km2), of which, 34.8 square miles (90.2 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (1.42%) is water.

Combined NY-17- US Route 6 pass through the south of Blooming Grove.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 17,351 people, 5,836 households, and 4,575 families residing in the town. The population density was 498.5 people per square mile (192.5/km²). There were 6,559 housing units at an average density of 188.4/sq mi (72.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.24% White, 3.80% African American, 0.49% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.41% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.97% of the population.

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