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Wappinger (although most locals call it Wappingers) is a town of in Dutchess Countymarker, New Yorkmarker in the United Statesmarker. The population was 26,274 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the Wappani Indians that inhabited the area. The name derives from the Algongian word for inhabitants of the eastern land.

The Town of Wappinger is located in the southern part of the county. US Route 9 passes through the town.

A portion of the village of Wappingers Fallsmarker is located within the town of Wappinger.


The town was first settled around 1659.Wappinger was formed from the Town of Fishkillmarker.

The population of the Town of Wappinger was 4,389 in 1900.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74.0 km²), of which, 27.3 square miles (70.6 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it (4.62%) is water.

Part of the west town line is located at the Hudson River, and borders Orangemarker and Ulster Countiesmarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 26,274 people, 9,793 households, and 6,992 families residing in the town. The population density was 963.3 people per square mile (372.0/km²). There were 10,144 housing units at an average density of 371.9/sq mi (143.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.18% White, 4.96% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.87% of the population.

There were 9,793 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $58,079, and the median income for a family was $66,273. Males had a median income of $49,007 versus $31,444 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,817. About 3.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Wappinger

  • Chelseamarker – A hamlet in the southeat part of the town near the Hudson River.
  • Didell – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
  • Dutchess County Airport (POU) – An airport in the northwest part of the town.
  • Hughsonville – A hamlet south of Wappingers Falls.
  • Myers Cornermarker – A hamlet on County Route 93.
  • New Hackensack – Where county routes 94, 104 and state route 376 intersect near Dutchess County Airport.
  • Swartoutville – A location in the southeast part of the town.
  • Wappingers Fallsmarker – Part of the Village of Wappingers Falls is in eastern part of the town.
  • Rockingham Farms – Large neighborhood at White's corner and home of the Rockingham Robins.


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