Florida, Orange County, New York

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Florida
Village
Downtown Florida, 2007
Downtown Florida, 2007
Florida is located in New York
Florida
Florida
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°20′N 74°22′W / 41.333°N 74.367°W / 41.333; -74.367Coordinates: 41°20′N 74°22′W / 41.333°N 74.367°W / 41.333; -74.367
Country United States
State New York
County Orange
Area
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0%
Elevation 446 ft (136 m)
Population (Census 2010)[1]
 • Total 2,833
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (580/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 10921
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-26319
GNIS feature ID 0950303

Florida is a village in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 2,833 at the 2010 census estimates.[citation needed] It is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The village is located in the town of Warwick, with two small northern portions in the town of Goshen. Florida is at the convergence of Routes 17A, 25, and 94.

Florida has its own school district consisting of Golden Hill Elementary School and S.S. Seward Institute. The mascot for S.S. Seward Institute is a Spartan.

The current mayor is James R. Pawliczek, Sr., who was elected in March 2002.

History[edit]

Culver Randel House and Mill along NY 94 on the north side of Florida

The area had been occupied by indigenous peoples for thousands of years.[citation needed]

The village was founded by Anglo-European colonists in 1760. It was incorporated in 1946.

Florida is in a farming area known for the vast onion fields (it calls itself the Onion Capital of the World) in the nearby Black Dirt Region.

WTBQ, Orange County's only independent radio station, was located in Florida from 1984 to 2007; the station's new studios in the Town of Warwick opened in November 2007.

Geography[edit]

The village is west of Glenmere lake and east of Warwick, New York.

Florida is located at 41°19′52″N 74°21′33″W / 41.33111°N 74.35917°W / 41.33111; -74.35917 (41.331217, -74.359167).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,571 people, 951 households, and 704 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,361.8 people per square mile (525.2/km²). There were 974 housing units at an average density of 515.9 per square mile (199.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.04% White, 2.53% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 1.87% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.50% of the population.

There were 951 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $54,893, and the median income for a family was $61,406. Males had a median income of $45,577 versus $32,232 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,138. About 5.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

During the 19th century, the community was settled by a wave of Polish immigrants. They followed earlier settlers who were mostly migrants from New England, arriving after the Native American population had declined.

Notable residents[edit]

  • William Henry Seward, Sr. (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872), born in Florida, was the 12th Governor of New York, United States Senator, and the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
  • Jimmy Sturr, "Polka King," resident.

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