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Clarkstown is a town in Rockland Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The town is on the eastern border of the county, located north of the town of Orangetownmarker; east of the town of Ramapomarker; South of the town of Haverstrawmarker and west of the Hudson River. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 82,082. The community of New Citymarker in the town is the seat of town government. New City makes up about 41.47% of the town's population.

In 2008 Clarkstown became one of 600 municipalities nationwide to sign the United States Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 7 percent below the 1990 levels by 2012.


The town of Clarkstown was created in 1791 in Orange Countymarker, before Rockland County was formed.

In 2008 named Clarkstown the 71st best small "city" to live in America.


The Hudson River defines the eastern border of the town, which is opposite the town ofMount Pleasantmarker in Westchester Countymarker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.9 square miles (121.6 km²), of which, 38.5 square miles (99.8 km²) of it is land and 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²) of it (17.87%) is water.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) intersects the Palisades Parkway and the Garden State Parkway Connector in the town. These highways are extremely busy and make the Clarkstown Town Court one of the busiest in the State.


As of the census of 2000, there were 82,082 people, 27,697 households, and 21,991 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,129.7 people per square mile (822.3/km²). There were 28,220 housing units at an average density of 732.2/sq mi (282.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.97% White, 7.87% African American, 0.13% Native American, 7.90% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.92% of the population.

There were 27,697 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $92,121, and the median income for a family was $104,909.[19158] Males had a median income of $57,773 versus $40,805 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,430. About 2.5% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.

Clarkstown is the most densly populated town in Rockland County and is home to New Citymarker which is the county's seat. It also has more business districts in it than any other town in Rockland, including the Palisades Mallmarker, which is the biggest mall in New Yorkmarker, 10th biggest in the United Statesmarker, and among the largest in the world.

Elected Representation

The Town of Clarkstown has as its chief executive a Town Supervisor. The current Town Supervisor is Alexander Gromack. Clarkstown is represented in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Eliot Engel and by Congresswoman Nita Lowey. It is represented in New York Statemarker government by Senator Thomas Morahan and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski.

Communities and locations in Clarkstown, NY

  • Bardoniamarker – A hamlet east of Spring Valley.
  • Brownsell Corners – A hamlet in the north part of the town.
  • Centenarymarker – A hamlet near the north town line.
  • Central Nyack – A hamlet on the south town line.
  • Congersmarker – A hamlet in the eastern part of the town.
  • DeForest Lake – A long lake with a north-south orientation.
  • High Tor State Parkmarker – A state park along the north town line.
  • Germonds – A location south of New City.
  • Hook Mountain State Park – A state park in the east part of the town.
  • Lake Lucille – A location in the north part of the town.
  • Mount Ivymarker – A hamlet on the north town line.
  • Nanuetmarker – A hamlet.
  • New Citymarker – A hamlet that is the county seat.
    • New City Condominiums – A neighborhood near the center of New City
    • New City Park – A community in South New City.
  • Nyackmarker – A village, the north part of which is at the south town line.
  • Nyack Beach State Parkmarker – A state park near the Hudson River.
  • Oakbrook – A hamlet east of Spring Valley.
  • Rockland Lake – A hamlet located west of a lake of the same name.
  • Rockland Lake State Parkmarker – A state park in the eastern part of the town.
  • Spring Valleymarker – A village, the east portion of which is within the town.
  • Upper Nyackmarker – A village north of Nyack.
  • Valley Cottagemarker – A hamlet in the eastern part of the town.
  • West Nyackmarker – A hamlet west of Nyack village.

CQ Press Crime Ranking

Clarkstown Police Car
In 2005, it was named by Morgan Quitno the second safest city in the United Statesmarker whose population is greater than 75,000 as well as then second safest overall from over 369 cities. This was the fifth year in a row in which Clarkstown made it within the top five and top ten respectively in these categories.

In 2007, Clarkstown, once again named the second safest city in the United States in The 14th annual "2007 - 2008 City Crime Rankings" published by CQ Press - formally known as Morgan Quitno, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. It was based on the FBImarker's September 24, 2007 crime statistics report which looked at 378 municipal areas with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft.

In 2008, Clarkstown, named the six safest city in the United States in The 15th annual "2008 - 2009 City Crime Rankings" published by CQ Press.

However, these rankings are highly controversial, because of their source. In October 2007 The American Society of Criminology, The United States Conference of Mayors, and The Federal Bureau of Investigation requested that the publisher reconsider the promotion of the book — specifically, "their inaccurate and inflammatory press release labeling cities as 'safest' and 'most dangerous'" — because the rankings are "baseless and damaging." [19159]

Clarkstown Going Green

Clarkstown has not only taken steps towards "going green" by conducting energy audits, purchasing Energy Star office equipment and using green cleaning products in town facilities, steps also included;
  • 2005 - Purchasing 10% of the energy used by town government from wind and solar sources.
  • 2006 - Passing a tree preservation law.
  • 2007 - Purchasing Hybrid vehicles and smaller cars.
  • 2008 - Installing energy-efficient lighting (LED) at its parks and recreation building with sensors that automatically turn off lights when no motion is detected.


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