Washington, New York

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Washington is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 4,742 at the 2000 census. The town is named after George Washington, who passed through the town during the Revolution.

The Town of Washington is in the central part of the county, northeast of the City of Poughkeepsie. US Route 44 passes across the town.



The town was part of the Great Nine Partners Patent of 1697. The town was formed in 1788 as one of the original towns of the re-organized county. The town lost territory in 1793 to form the new Town of Stanford.

Past residents of note


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.4 square miles (153.8 km²), of which, 59.1 square miles (153.0 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.49%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,742 people, 1,914 households, and 1,244 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.3 people per square mile (31.0/km²). There were 2,192 housing units at an average density of 37.1/sq mi (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.69% White, 2.83% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.

There were 1,914 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.

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