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:See also New Hyde Parkmarker for the village on Long Island; there is also a hamlet named Hyde Park in Otsego Countymarker, near Cooperstownmarker, New Yorkmarker.
Hyde Park is a town located in the northwest part of Dutchess Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker, just north of the city of Poughkeepsiemarker. The town is most famous for being the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The population was 20,851 at the 2000 census. US 9 passes through the town near the Hudson River.

Hyde Park is the location of the Culinary Institute of Americamarker, a residential college devoted to cooking and baking.


Settlement of the region officially began around 1742, but may have begun as early as 1710. The name of the area was changed to "Hyde Park" around 1810. Previously, it was part of the Fauconnier Patent and was named "Stoutenburgh," after an early settler. Part of the town was from the Great Nine Partners Patent of 1697.
Franklin Roosevelt House
Dr. John Bard had called his estate "Hyde Park" in honor of Edward Hyde, who was Lord Cornbury and Governor of New York. In 1804 a tavern keeper whose business was slow named the tavern "Hyde Park Inn," much to the annoyance of Dr. Bard. Miller, the tavern keeper, applied for a post office to be located at his Inn, which was nothing unusual. The request was granted as the "Hyde Park Post office." Because the Post Office's name was "Hyde Park", and thus residents' mailing address was "Hyde Park", the area slowly started to be commonly called "Hyde Park". Finally, this caused a change of the settlement's name from Stoutenburgh to Hyde Park officially in 1812. Hyde Park was included in the Town of Clintonmarker until 1821, when the town of Hyde Park was formed.

In 1900, the town's population was 2,806.

Past and Present residents of note

Hyde Park is the birthplace and burial place of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945). His estate, Springwood, is the site of the Home of Franklin D.marker Roosevelt National Historic Sitemarker maintained by the National Park Service. Also on the site are his presidential library and museum. Roosevelt used this residence throughout his life. FDR's historical house is now a museum that can be visited.

The town includes one of the many mansions of Frederick William Vanderbilt.

Val-Killmarker was the home of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is located about away from the home of FDR.

Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt are both buried in the rose garden of the estate.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.8 square miles (103.2 km²), of which, 37.0 square miles (95.7 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it (7.25%) is water.

The Hudson River defines the west town line, which is at the border of Ulster Countymarker.The town also borders Poughkeepsiemarker to the south, Rhinebeckmarker to the north, and Clintonmarker and Pleasant Valley to the east.


The Post Office
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,851 people, 7,395 households, and 5,220 families residing in the town. The population density was 564.2 people per square mile (217.8/km²). There were 7,704 housing units at an average density of 208.5/sq mi (80.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.02% White, 4.25% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.23% of the population.

There were 7,395 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.0% 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 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,870, and the median income for a family was $58,047. Males had a median income of $42,251 versus $28,176 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,260. About 4.4% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Hyde Park

  • Culinary Institute of Americamarker --- The world's top and most respected culinary school, in the southern part of the Town, between Route 9 and the Hudson River.
  • East Park – A hamlet east of Hyde Park village.
  • Havilandmarker – A community in the south part of the town.
  • Hyde Park The hamlet of Hyde Park is on Route 9 near the Hudson River.
  • Margaret Lewis Norrie State Parkmarker – A state park in the northern part of the town.
  • Mills Memorial State Park – Located along the Hudson River in Staatsburg, NY. Built by Morgan Lewis and his wife, Gertrude Livingston. It is open to the public and includes house tours and hiking trails.
  • Norrie Point- Hiking trails and environmental center as well as marina.
  • Staatsburgmarker – A hamlet by the Hudson River in the northwest part of the town.
  • West Park A village to the west of Hyde Park, across the Hudson River in Ulster County.



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