Catskill (village), New York
|Catskill, New York|
The Greene County Court House
|• Total||2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)|
|• Land||2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|Elevation||43 ft (13 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0946061|
Most of the village land was purchased from the natives in 1684. At the end of the American Revolution there were only ten houses in the community. The village was incorporated in 1806. Catskill is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.
Thomas Cole (1801–1848), founder of the Hudson River School of painting, was a longtime resident. The historic site Cole House is preserved and has tours available. It is located near the approach for the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.
George Decker, the General and Chief of Staff US Army during the Kennedy Administration, was born in Catskill.
Catskill is located at 42°13′N 73°52′W (42.2187, -73.8668).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km2) of it (20.85%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,081 people, 1,565 households, and 1,026 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,962.0 (2000) people per square mile (757.0/km2). There were 2,048 housing units at an average density of 914.9 per square mile(2002) (353.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 60.40% White, 30.73% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.48% from other races, and 3.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.22 (4% Mexican) of the population.
There were 1,765 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $28,075, and the median income for a family was $34,635. Males had a median income of $32,857 versus $21,578 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,169. About 16.6% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.
Voters in Catskill tend to be slightly more liberal than the rest of Greene County's voters. It is somewhat of a battleground area but it has emerged Democratic by small margins in many of the past elections. Greene County remains a notoriously Republican county.
Notable current and former residents of Catskill include:
- John Hill (1821–1884), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district from 1867 to 1873, and New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1881 to 1883.
- Jennifer Connelly (actress)
- Thomas Cole (19th-century painter)
- Jacob Hopewell (19th-century inventor)
- East Huxley (writer)
- Mike Tyson (former boxing heavyweight champion)
- "Local Government Handbook - Village Government: Historical Development" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. pp. PDF page 72. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.
- Thomas Cole National Historic Site
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- John Hill, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- Mehta, Seema (1997-07-09). "In Catskill, They Knew Mike Tyson At The Start". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
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