Tusten, New York

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Tusten is a town in Sullivan County in the U.S. state of New York. The population was 1,415 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Benjamin Tusten, a military leader killed at the Battle of Minisink.

The Town of Tusten is located in southwestern part of the county.



The town was previously part of the Towns of Mamakating and Lumberland in 1853. Benjamin Homans was the first settler, setting himself up by Narrowsburg. The Ten Mile River Baptist Church and Tusten Stone Arch Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


The west town line, delineated by the Delaware River, is the border of Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.8 square miles (126.4 km²), of which, 47.3 square miles (122.4 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (3.18%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,415 people, 583 households, and 367 families residing in the town. The population density was 29.9 people per square mile (11.6/km²). There were 1,008 housing units at an average density of 21.3/sq mi (8.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.12% White, 6.93% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 1.13% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.60% of the population.

There were 583 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89.

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