Wallkill, Orange County, New York

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Wallkill is a town in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 24,659 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Wallkill is centrally located in the county. Interstate 84 crosses New York State Route 17 in the southern part of the town. U.S. Route 6 and New York State Routes 17K, 211 and 302 also cross portions of the town.

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History

The original land patent for the town was dated 1724, but little was done for decades to develop and settle the region. The town was established in 1772, but part of the town was lost upon the formation of Ulster County, New York.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 62.8 square miles (163 km2) of which 62.2 square miles (161 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.92%) is water.

Wallkill is bordered by the towns of Hamptonburgh and Montgomery on the east, Crawford on the north, Mamakating and Mount Hope on the west, and Wawayanda and Goshen on the south. The town almost completely surrounds the city of Middletown.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 24,659 people, 8,866 households, and 6,330 families residing in the town. The population density was 396.6 people per square mile (153.1/km²). There were 9,283 housing units at an average density of 149.3/sq mi (57.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.70% White, 9.34% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.31% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.40% of the population.

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