Orangeburg, New York

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Orangeburg hamlet (and census-designated place), in the Town of Orangetown Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Tappan; south of Blauvelt; east of Pearl River and west of Piermont. The population was 3,388 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Orangeburg is located at 41°2′41″N 73°57′12″W / 41.04472°N 73.95333°W / 41.04472; -73.95333 (41.044796, -73.953404)[1].

History

Orangeburg was home to Camp Shanks, “Last Stop USA,” the largest World War II Army embarkation camp, 1.3 million US service personnel en route to Europe were processed at a sprawling camp that covered most of the town. It is also home to what was once one of the world's largest psychiatric hospitals, Rockland Psychiatric Center, formerly called Rockland State Hospital. Orangeburg Pipe was once manufactured here. Before plastic pipes it was the standard alternative to metal pipes especially for sewer and outdoor drainage applications.

After World War II even through it lies only 19 miles (31 km) north of New York City, Orangeburg was a very rural place with few residents many of whom lived quite modestly in former soldier housing. That lasted until the late 1950's when developers introduced modern suburban housing to young couples who saw them as a great alternative to city living. Today, Orangeburg is a suburb of New York City with housing values that belie its modest past.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,388 people, 1,335 households, and 890 families residing in the villae. The population density was 1,090.7 per square mile (420.6/km²). There were 1,350 housing units at an average density of 434.6/sq mi (167.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.19% White, 2.21% African American, 0.15% Native American, 14.64% Asian, 1.24% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.58% of the population.

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