North Hudson, New York

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North Hudson is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 266 at the 2000 census. The town derives its name by being by the north end of the Hudson River.

The Town of North Hudson is in the south-central part of the county and is south of Plattsburgh. North Hudson is within the Adirondack Park.



The region was first settled around 1800. Early pioneers chose the southeast part of the town.

The town was formed in 1848 from the town of Moriah. Early industry was based on tanning, owing to the presence of hemlock bark from the forests. Later, the trees were harvested for wood pulp.

By the end of the 19th century, the tourist trade began to predominate, especially at Underwood and Elk Lake. The theme park Frontier Town, a Wild West themed family tourist attraction, operated here from 1952 to 1999.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 183.2 square miles (474.5 km²), of which 180.1 square miles (466.5 km²) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²) (1.68%) is water.

Two branches of the Schroon River arise in North Hudson.

The Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) and U.S. 9 traverse the town as north-south highways.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 266 people, 114 households, and 76 families residing in the town. The population density was 1.5 people per square mile (0.6/km²). There were 279 housing units, at an average density of 1.5/sq mi (0.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.74% White, 1.13% Native American, 0.38% Asian, and 3.76% from two or more races.

There were 114 households, of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were nonfamilies. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

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