Florida is a village in
The population was 2,757 at the 2007 census
estimates. It is part of the Poughkeepsieâ€“Newburghâ€“Middletown, NY Metropolitan
Statistical Area as well as the larger New Yorkâ€“Newarkâ€“Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined
Statistical Area. The village is primarily in the Town of
Warwick, but a small part of the northern end of the
village is in the Town of
Florida is at the convergence of Routes 17A
, 25, and 94
has its own school district consisting of Golden Hill Elementary
School and S.S. Seward Institute. The mascot for S.S. Seward Institute is a spartan.
The current mayor is James R. Pawliczek, Sr., who was first elected
in March, 2002.
Florida is known for its vast onion fields (it calls itself Onion
Capital of the World) in the nearby Black Dirt Region
, as well as being the
birthplace of William H. Seward
, the Secretary of State
under Abraham Lincoln
who is remembered for his
crusade to purchase Alaska from Russia. Florida is also home to the
, Orange County's only independent radio
station, was located in Florida from 1984 to
2007; the station's new studios in the Town of Warwick opened in
The village was founded in 1760 and incorporated
The village is west ofGlenmere lake and east of Warwick, New York
Florida is located at (41.331217, -74.359167) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the village has a total area of
1.9 square miles (4.9 kmÂ²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,571
people, 951 households, and 704 families residing in the village.
The population density
1,361.8 people per square mile (525.2/kmÂ²). There were 974 housing
units at an average density of 515.9/sq mi (199.0/kmÂ²). The
racial makeup of the village was 93.04% White
, 2.53% African American
, 1.87% from other races
, and 1.44% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 6.50%
of the population.
There were 951 households out of which 36.1% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married
living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all
households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.7% under the
age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45
to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $54,893, and
the median income for a family was $61,406. Males had a median
income of $45,577 versus $32,232 for females. The per capita income
for the village was
$22,138. About 5.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.7%
of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.
The community was settled by Polish immigrants during the 18th and
19th centuries, and remains predominantly Polish-American.
The town of Florida has made appearances on the hit TV show Law
June 21, 2006 MID-HUDSON POPULATION TRENDS
, Times Herald-Record