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Olive is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 4,579 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Olive is an interior town of Ulster County. The town is west of Kingston, New York and is inside the Catskill Park.



The town was settled around 1740. The Town of Olive was established in 1823 from parts of the Towns of Hurley, Marbletown, and Shandaken. A limited edition 1973 commemorative plate, shown below, includes this text on the back:

The town of Olive, Ulster County, New York, was taken from Shandaken, Marbletown, and Hurley and erected by law on April 15, 1823. At that time a name was suggested for the new town by quoting the following verse from the Bible: 'and Noah sent out a Dove from the Ark and when the waters subsided she returned with an Olive leaf in her mouth.' 'Let us call it the Town of Olive. 'The first town meeting was held on the second Tuesday in May 1824. the seal was adopted by the Olive Town Board on November 9, 1971. It was suggested by the Town Historian, Vera Sickler, and designed and executed by Mrs. Tisanne Gardner of Boiceville, N.Y.

The filling of the Ashokan Reservoir in 1917 covered some of the communities of Olive. The reservoir is owned by New York City and is part of the city's water system.

Olive is also home to one of the most competitive arc pitch softball leagues in all of New York.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.1 square miles (168.7 km²), of which, 58.7 square miles (152.0 km²) of it is land and 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²) of it (9.93%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,579 people, 1,869 households, and 1,263 families residing in the town. The population density was 78.0 people per square mile (30.1/km²). There were 2,306 housing units at an average density of 39.3/sq mi (15.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.68% White, 0.61% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.

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