Wappinger, New York

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Wappinger (although most locals call it Wappingers) is a town of in Dutchess County, New York in the United States. The population was 26,274 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the Wappani Indians that inhabited the area. The name derives from the Algongian word for inhabitants of the eastern land.

The Town of Wappinger is located in the southern part of the county. US Route 9 passes through the town.

A portion of the village of Wappingers Falls is located within the town of Wappinger.

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History

The town was first settled around 1659. Wappinger was formed from the Town of Fishkill.

The population of the Town of Wappinger was 4,389 in 1900.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74.0 km²), of which, 27.3 square miles (70.6 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it (4.62%) is water.

Part of the west town line is located at the Hudson River, and borders Orange and Ulster Counties.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,274 people, 9,793 households, and 6,992 families residing in the town. The population density was 963.3 people per square mile (372.0/km²). There were 10,144 housing units at an average density of 371.9/sq mi (143.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.18% White, 4.96% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.87% of the population.

There were 9,793 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.

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