Clarkstown, New York

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Clarkstown is a town in Rockland County, New York, United States. The town is on the eastern border of the county, located north of the town of Orangetown; east of the town of Ramapo; South of the town of Haverstraw and west of the Hudson River. Popular recreational activities include gold panning in Nanuet along the Naurashaun Brook south of Townline Road, exploring the Paleolithic ruins west of the Hackensack River, and fossil and Indian arrowhead collecting west of Sickletown Road.As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 82,082. The community of New City in the town is the seat of town government. New City makes up about 41.47% of the town's population.

In 2008 Clarkstown became one of 600 municipalities nationwide to sign the United States Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 7 percent below the 1990 levels by 2012.

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History

The town of Clarkstown was created in 1791 in Orange County, before Rockland County was formed.

In 2008 CNNMoney.com named Clarkstown the 71st best small "city" to live in America.

In 2010 CNNMoney.com named Clarkstown the 41st best small "city" to live in America, which was the highest such ranking in New York.[1]


Geography

The Hudson River defines the eastern border of the town, which is opposite the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.9 square miles (121.6 km²), of which, 38.5 square miles (99.8 km²) of it is land and 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²) of it (17.87%) is water.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) intersects the Palisades Parkway and the Garden State Parkway Connector in the town. These highways are extremely busy and make the Clarkstown Town Court one of the busiest in the State.

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