Deerpark, New York

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Deerpark is a town in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 7,858 at the 2000 census. The center of population of New York is located in Cuddebackville [1].

The Town of Deerpark is in the western part of the county.

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History

Dutch colonists attempted to settle the town in the 17th Century.

The town was organized in 1798 after Port Jervis was set apart from the territory. The town was part of a boundary dispute between New York and the State of New Jersey. The dispute was not settled until 1874.

The former Delaware and Hudson Canal was partly in the town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 67.9 square miles (175.8 km²), of which, 66.4 square miles (172.0 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (2.14%) is water.

The southwest town line is the border of Pennsylvania, marked by the Delaware River. The western and northern town lines are the border of Sullivan County, New York. The Neversink River flows through the town. The city of Port Jervis is located in the southern corner of the town, and a small portion of the town borders on Montague Township, New Jersey.

US Route 209 parallels the course of the Neversink River. The Hawk's Nest scenic overlook along New York State Route 97 offers views of the Delaware River. Interstate 84 passes through the southern portion of town near the New Jersey state line.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,858 people, 2,906 households, and 2,115 families residing in the town. The population density was 118.3 people per square mile (45.7/km²). There were 3,332 housing units at an average density of 50.2/sq mi (19.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.52% White, 5.54% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.74% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.82% of the population.

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