Highland Falls, New York
|Highland Falls, New York|
|— Village —|
|• Total||1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)|
|• Land||1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||144 ft (44 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0970209|
Highland Falls, formerly named Buttermilk Falls, is a village in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 4,000 at the 2010 census. The village was founded in 1906. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.
Highland Falls is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it is land and 0.89% is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,039 people, 1,627 households, and 946 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,475.4 people per square mile (1,279.4/km2). There were 1,657 housing units at an average density of 1,498.6 per square mile (576.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 56.8% White, 23.8% African American, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 5.7% Asian, and 2.4% from two or more races.
There were 1,567 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $50,833, and the median income for a family was $57,885. Males had a median income of $41,833 versus $29,488 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,100. About 3.9% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
Highland Falls is part of the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District. The district has three campuses – Fort Montgomery Elementary School (Grades K-2), Highland Falls Middle School (Grades 3-8), and James I. O'Neill High School (Grades 9-12).
There was also a parochial school, Sacred Heart of Jesus School, that served students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. The school closed in June 2011.
Notable residents 
Singer Billy Joel lived in Highland Falls in the 1970s after he moved back to New York. New York at the time was struggling under civil disorder and economic stress. He wrote the song, "New York State of Mind," on a Grey Hound bus on his way to his home in Highland Falls. Mr. Joel lived in the Cragston neighborhood, and wrote the song "Summer, Highland Falls."
Television and film actor Charles Durning was a native of Highland Falls.
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