Shawangunk, New York

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Shawangunk is a town in southwestern Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 12,022 at the 2000 census.[1] Like the neighboring mountain range, for which it is named, it is pronounced either as the Munsee Lenape, Shawangunk /ˈʃɑːwəŋɡʌŋk/, or as the colonial Shongum /ˈʃɑːn.ɡʌm/ SHAHN-gum by local residents. (See Shawangunk Ridge.)



Shawangunk was first settled by Europeans around 1670. The region was organized as a precinct in 1743, and became the Town of Shawangunk in 1788.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 56.5 square miles (146.4 km²), of which, 56.2 square miles (145.6 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.55%) is water.

The south town line and half of the east town line is the border of Orange County, New York.

The Wallkill River flows through the eastern half of town and lends it its name, which it flows through, while the western (Walker Valley) half climbs the slopes of the eponymous mountains.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,022 people, 3,433 households, and 2,557 families residing in the town. The population density was 213.9 people per square mile (82.6/km²). There were 3,754 housing units at an average density of 66.8/sq mi (25.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.49% White, 8.14% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.86% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.96% of the population.

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