Philipstown, New York

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Philipstown is a town located in the western part of Putnam County, New York, United States. The population was 9,422 at the 2000 census.



The town was first settled around 1715.

Established in 1788 as one of the three original towns in what is now Putnam County, the Philipstown's main population centers are the village of Cold Spring, Garrison, and the village of Nelsonville. In 1806, part of the town was used to form the town of Fishkill. Putnam Valley was part of Philipstown until 1839, and a small portion of the town north of Putnam Valley was transferred to Kent in 1877.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.5 square miles (133.4 km²), of which, 48.8 square miles (126.5 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (5.22%) is water.

The western border is the Hudson River with Orange County on the opposite shore. The north town line is Dutchess County, and the south town line is Westchester County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,422 people, 3,599 households, and 2,548 families residing in the town. The population density was 193.0 people per square mile (74.5/km²). There were 3,983 housing units at an average density of 81.6/sq mi (31.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.57% White, 1.13% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.92% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.79% of the population.

There were 3,599 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.06.

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