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Philipstown is a town located in the western part of Putnam Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 9,422 at the 2000 census.


The town was first settled around 1715.

Established in 1788 as one of the three original towns in what is now Putnam County, the Philipstown's main population centers are the village of Cold Springmarker, Garrison, and the village of Nelsonvillemarker. In 1806, part of the town was used to form the town of Fishkillmarker. Putnam Valleymarker was part of Philipstown until 1839, and a small portion of the town north of Putnam Valley was transferred to Kentmarker in 1877.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.5 square miles (133.4 km²), of which, 48.8 square miles (126.5 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (5.22%) is water.

The western border is the Hudson River with Orange Countymarker on the opposite shore. The north town line is Dutchess Countymarker, and the south town line is Westchester Countymarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,422 people, 3,599 households, and 2,548 families residing in the town. The population density was 193.0 people per square mile (74.5/km²). There were 3,983 housing units at an average density of 81.6/sq mi (31.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.57% White, 1.13% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.92% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.79% of the population.

There were 3,599 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $71,895, and the median income for a family was $84,220. Males had a median income of $56,536 versus $41,969 for females. The per capita income for the town was $37,738. About 2.8% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Philipstown

  • Cold Springmarker – The village of Cold Spring is by the Hudson River.
  • Continental Island – A location by the Hudson River.
  • Continental Village – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.
  • Clarence Fahnestock State Parkmarker – A state park in the northeast part of the town.
  • Fahnestock Corners
  • Forsonville – A hamlet in the south part of the town, southeast of Garrison.
  • Garrisonmarker – A hamlet by the Hudson River.
  • Garrison Four Corners – A location southeast of Garrison.
  • Glenclyffe – A hamlet near the Hudson River.
  • Graymoor – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.
  • Hudson Highlands State Parkmarker – A state park in the southwest part of the town.
  • Manitou – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town by the Hudson River.
  • McKeel Corners
  • Nelsonvillemarker – The village of Nelsonville is northeast of Cold Spring.
  • North Highlands – A hamlet northeast of Nelsonville.
  • South Highland – A hamlet by the east town line.
  • Storm King – A hamlet in the northwest corner of the town.
  • Travis Corners – A location east of South Highland.


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