Catskill (town), New York

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Catskill is located in New York
Location of Catskill in New York
Coordinates: 42°13′16″N 73°51′59″W / 42.22111°N 73.86639°W / 42.22111; -73.86639Coordinates: 42°13′16″N 73°51′59″W / 42.22111°N 73.86639°W / 42.22111; -73.86639
Country United States
State New York
County Greene
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Supervisor Joseph M. Leggio
 • Town Council
 • Total 64.2 sq mi (166 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 11,775
 • Density 180/sq mi (71/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Catskill is a town in the southeast part of Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 11,775 at the 2010 census.[1] The western part of the town is in the Catskill Park. The town contains a village, also called Catskill. The village of Catskill has a well-defined Main Street that has adjusted to the recent construction of a WalMart, Lowe's and Home Depot. There is a public boat launch on the Hudson river called Dutchman's Landing.


Thomas Cole, View on the Catskill, Early Autumn, 1837

The area of the town was purchased from the natives for some trinkets in 1678 and settlement followed. The town was established in 1788 while still part of Albany County. The town was increased by an addition from the town of Woodstock in 1800, but was later decreased upon the formation of the towns of Cairo (1803) and Athens (1815).

Notable residents[edit]

  • Jedediah Berry, author, was raised in Catskill.
  • James Bogardus, inventor, architect, pioneer of American cast-iron architecture, for which he took out a patent (1850).
  • Mickey Brantley, an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners who later went on to be a coach for the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, was born and raised in Catskill.
  • George Caines, lawyer and reporter of decisions for the New York Court of Appeals.
  • Robert Charels (Robert Smith), a blues singer who has recorded three albums nationally (including the Duke Robillard-produced Metropolitan Blue), was born and raised in Catskill.
  • Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting lived in Catskill from 1827 until his death in 1848. Cole was a member of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Catskill, and designed the present church building; a stained-glass window there honors the Cole Family. His house at Cedar Grove is open to the public.
  • Law enforcement official, educator and Gulf War unit commander Robert Couchman grew up in Catskill.
  • Edward W. Dwight, Wisconsin politician, was born in Catskill.
  • Boxing manager Cus D'Amato, formed a gym in Catskill where he trained future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
  • New Jersey politician John Hill was born in Catskill.
  • Abraham Van Vechten, New York State Attorney General was born in Catskill.
  • Broadway actor and composer Tom Judson lives in Catskill.
  • Jaap Penraat
  • Robert Seaman, millionaire entrepreneur, was born in Catskill
  • Mike Tyson Famous boxer. Moved to Catskill from Brooklyn. Trained at local gym and went to Catskill High School.
  • George W. Lay, former US Congressman


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.2 square miles (166.2 km²), of which, 60.5 square miles (156.8 km²) of it is land and 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it (5.69%) is water.

The east town line is defined by the Hudson River, forming the border of Columbia County. The south town line is the border of Ulster County.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and U.S. Route 9W pass through the town.

On July 23, 2003, an F2 tornado ripped across the town. The worst of the damage occurred at the Kiskatom flats. The tornado crossed over New York Route 32 and went past the Friar Tuck Inn, causing two mobile homes to flip over.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,849 people, 4,780 households, and 3,035 families residing in the town. The population density was 195.8 people per square mile (75.6/km²). There were 5,700 housing units at an average density of 94.2 per square mile (36.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.84% White, 6.03% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.03% of the population.

There were 4,780 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,531, and the median income for a family was $42,807. Males had a median income of $33,832 versus $25,058 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,563. About 11.2% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the town[edit]

  • Alsen – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on Route 9W.
  • Cairo Junction – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Catskill – A village.
  • Cauterskill – A hamlet west of Catskill village.
  • Hamburg – A hamlet north of Catskill village on the Hudson River.
  • High Falls – A hamlet by the south town line.
  • Jefferson Heights – A hamlet northwest of Catskill village.
  • Kiskatom – A hamlet southwest of Catskill village.
  • Lawrenceville – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Leeds – A hamlet by the north town line.
  • Palenville – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Smith's Landing – A hamlet south of Alsen on Route 9W.


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