Greenport, Columbia County, New York

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Greenport is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 4,180 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Greenport is on the west border of the county and surrounds the City of Hudson on three sides. US 9 passes through the town.

A state historical site, Olana, is located in the south part of the town. It was the former home of Hudson artist Frederic Edwin Church and is decorated in a Persian style.

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History

The region was explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. The town was established in 1837 from part of the City of Hudson and was previously part of the Town of Claverack. Greenport was the last town founded in the county.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.5 square miles (53.1 km²), of which, 18.8 square miles (48.6 km²) of it is land and 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it (8.39%) is water.

The west town line is defined by the City of Hudson and the Hudson River, with Greene County, New York on the opposite shore. A bridge in the south part of the town connects Greenport to Village of Catskill.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,180 people, 1,777 households, and 1,144 families residing in the town. The population density was 222.7 people per square mile (86.0/km²). There were 1,896 housing units at an average density of 101.0/sq mi (39.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.10% White, 5.10% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.84% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.49% of the population.

There were 1,777 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.83.

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