Minisink, New York

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Minisink is a town located in southwest Orange County, New York northeast of the New Jersey border between the Town of Greenville and the Town of Warwick. The population was 3,585 at the 2000 census.

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History

Historically, the name Minisink, which dates to the mid 17th century, has applied to a much larger area than the current town, running as far north as Minisink Ford, twenty miles northwest of present day Minisink, south to the Delaware Water Gap, thirty miles southwest of present day Minisink, and from the Kittatinny Ridge to the east to the Poconos to the west (See [1]). The Minisink Patent, granted in 1704, was a somewhat smaller area, but still far larger than the present town, which was given its present boundaries in 1800. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the New York - New Jersey border was previously seven or eight miles north of its present location: Minisink used to be in New Jersey.

The town was first settled around 1725 and organized as a town in 1788. Minisink lost territory to newer towns: Deer Park (1798), Wawayanda (1849), and Greenville (1853). In 1871, the community of Unionville set itself off from the town by incorporating as a village.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.2 square miles (60.0 km²), of which, 23.1 square miles (59.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.

The south town line is the border of New Jersey (Sussex County).

NY-284 is a north-south highway in Minisink.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,585 people, 1,182 households, and 945 families residing in the town. The population density was 155.2 people per square mile (59.9/km²). There were 1,245 housing units at an average density of 53.9/sq mi (20.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.96% White, 1.42% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.60% of the population.

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