Nelsonville, New York

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Nelsonville is a Hudson Highlands village located in the Town of Philipstown in Putnam County, New York. The population was 565 at the time of the 2000 census.

The Village of Nelsonville is directly east of the Village of Cold Spring. The border on Main Street is roughly demarcated by the western property line of the Baptist Church at the height of land, and by the property line along the rear of the church lot, extending south toward the Cold Spring Cemetery.

Along with its neighbor, Cold Spring, the village is known for being a small, picturesque enclave with a historic housing stock. It is located within the larger New York City metropolitan area, and it offers a genuine village feel within a reasonable commuting distance to the city. It is a popular weekend and fall foliage destination for New York City residents, and the origin of several well-known hiking trails that travese the Hudson Highlands. The village is served by the Cold Spring Metro North commuter railroad stop on the Hudson Line.



Nelsonville is located at 41°25′28″N 73°56′39″W / 41.42444°N 73.94417°W / 41.42444; -73.94417 (41.424550, -73.944170)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 565 people, 222 households, and 154 families residing in the village. The population density was 541.6 people per square mile (209.8/km²). There were 246 housing units at an average density of 235.8/sq mi (91.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.28% White, 1.77% African American, 0.35% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.72% of the population.

There were 222 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.

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