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Esopus is a town in Ulster Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 9,331 at the 2000 census. The name comes from the local Indian tribe and means "high banks."

The Town of Esopus is on the west bank of the Hudson River south of the City of Kingstonmarker.The town center is in Port Ewen.US Route 9W passes up the east side of the town.


The area was a notable trading site between the Dutch and the native Lenape population.The Town of Esopus was founded in 1811 from Kingstonmarker, New Yorkmarker, which also was called "Esopus" at one time.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of , of which, of it is land and of it (11.08%) is water.

The east town line, marked by the Hudson River, is the border of Dutchess Countymarker. The Rondout Creek marks the north town line.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,331 people, 3,439 households, and 2,235 families residing in the town. The population density was 250.5 people per square mile (96.7/km²). There were 3,724 housing units at an average density of 100.0/sq mi (38.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.57% White, 2.18% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.

There were 3,439 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,915, and the median income for a family was $55,442. Males had a median income of $38,016 versus $31,010 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,174. About 4.6% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Esopus

  • Connelly – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town and suburb of Kingston. It is on the south bank of Rondout Creek.
  • Dashville – A hamlet south of Rifton.
  • Esopus – A hamlet by the Hudson River and located on Route 9W; features business such as Black Bear Trading Post, The Country Store, and Mount St. Alphonsus Monastery.
  • New Salem – A hamlet at the north town line by Rondout Creek.
  • Port Ewenmarker – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town and suburb of Kingston.
  • Riftonmarker – A hamlet in the western part of the town on Route 213.
  • St. Remy – A hamlet south of New Salem.
  • Sleightsburgh – A hamlet at the northeast corner of the town and suburb of Kingston. The community is at the mouth of Rondout Creek.
  • Ulster Park – A hamlet north of Esopus hamlet on Route 9W.
  • Union Center – A hamlet west of Ulster Park.
  • West Parkmarker – A hamlet south of Esopus hamlet on Route 9W.

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