Crawford, New York

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Crawford is a town in Orange County, New York, USA. The population was 7,875 at the 2000 census. The name comes a settler who gave his name to a community in the town now called Pine Bush.

The Town of Crawford is in the northwest corner of Orange County.

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History

Crawford was originally settled around 1740. Crawford was originally part of the Town of Montgomery. Crawford was established as a town in 1823.

In 1813, the town considered itself the butter capital of the world.

In 1845, the town had a population of about 2,075 people.

Searsville, once an economic center and location of the town government, lost its status when the railroad came to the town through another area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.2 square miles (104.0 km²), of which, 40.1 square miles (103.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.10%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Ulster County, New York, partly marked by the Shawangunk Kill, a small river.

NYS Route 52 and NYS Route 302 intersect in Pine Bush. NYS Route 17K crosses the south part of the town.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,875 people, 2,707 households, and 2,133 families residing in the town. The population density was 196.3 people per square mile (75.8/km²). There were 2,851 housing units at an average density of 71.1/sq mi (27.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.59% White, 1.19% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.13% of the population.

There were 2,707 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.29.

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