LaGrange, New York

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LaGrange, New York
Town
Town Hall
Town Hall
Location of LaGrange, New York
Location of LaGrange, New York
Coordinates: 41°40′23″N 73°48′24″W / 41.67306°N 73.80667°W / 41.67306; -73.80667Coordinates: 41°40′23″N 73°48′24″W / 41.67306°N 73.80667°W / 41.67306; -73.80667
Country United States
State New York
County Dutchess
Government
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Supervisor Alan Bell (R)
 • Town Council
Area
 • Total 39.9 sq mi (103.2 km2)
 • Land 39.7 sq mi (102.8 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 318 ft (97 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,730
 • Density 390/sq mi (150/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12540,12603
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-40299
GNIS feature ID 0979126

LaGrange /ləˈɡrn/ is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 15,730 at the 2010 census. The town was named after the ancestral estate of the [the wife of] Marquis de Lafayette.

History[edit]

Old LaGrange District School, in Freedom Plains.

The town was originally established in 1821 as "Freedom" from parts of the Towns of Beekman and Fishkill, but confusion with another location caused the name to be changed to "LaGrange" in 1828.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.9 square miles (103 km2), of which, 39.7 square miles (103 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.40% water. The Town of LaGrange is located within the Hudson Valley, which features incredible fall foliage, rolling hills, several state and national parks, vibrant culture, and deep connections to New York City to the south.

Roads[edit]

Three state highways bisect the town and connect it with other towns in Dutchess County and the surrounding area. The Taconic State Parkway is a north-south parkway through LaGrange. James Baird State Park, which provides a golf course, playground, sports fields, and hiking and cycling trails, is located in LaGrange along the Taconic Parkway. The parkway also serves as an important commuter road for LaGrange, connecting the town to points south, including New York City. New York State Route 55 is an east-west road that goes through the center of the town; Arlington High School, the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, and multiple shops and stores are located on a two-mile section of Route 55 in Freedom Plains, a hamlet of LaGrange. In the summer and fall of 2014, three traffic circles were added to this stretch of Route 55 in Freedom Plains in an effort to ease congestion and also to beautify this part of LaGrange. To the west, Route 55 connects LaGrange to Poughkeepsie, NY, the closest urbanized area to LaGrange; to the east, Route 55 connects LaGrange to Pawling, NY, and the New York State Route 22 corridor. New York State Route 82 is a highway that goes southwest-northeast through the town, from Hopewell Junction to Moores Mills. Route 82 connects LaGrange to Millbrook, NY, to the north and Hopewell Junction to the south.

There are also several county roads that go in various parts of the town.

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Freedom Park is the largest and most extensive park belonging to the Town of LaGrange. At the park, there is a small, spring-fed lake in which patrons are permitted to swim under the supervision of Red-Cross-trained lifeguards. There is a set of 8, 25-yard lap lanes that enables the town to support a swim team. Concession is also served at the lake. Freedom Park also boasts a band stand and a large, permanent, open-air pavilion; there is a small playground as well. Each summer, a day camp is offered by the Town at Freedom Park.

Other parks in LaGrange include Stringham Park, an extensive and impressive complex of soccer fields located on Stringham Road in the west of the town, and James Baird State Park, which provides a golf course, playground, and cycling and hiking trails.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 14,928 people, 5,085 households, and 4,103 families residing in the town. The population density was 376.0 people per square mile (145.2/km²). There were 5,240 housing units at an average density of 132.0 per square mile (51.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.98% White, 2.41% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.94% Asian, 1.14% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.26% of the population.

There were 5,085 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.2% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $74,881, and the median income for a family was $80,724. Males had a median income of $61,806 versus $36,955 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,872. About 1.7% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable People[edit]

Communities and locations in LaGrange[edit]

  • Arthursburg – A hamlet at the south town line.
  • Billings – A hamlet north of LaGrangeville.
  • Freedom Plains – A hamlet northwest of LaGrangeville.
  • James Baird State Park – A state park in the north part of the town.
  • LaGrangeville (or La Grangeville) – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.[2]
  • Manchester Bridge – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Moores Mill – A location in the northeast part of the town.
  • Noxon – A location west of LaGrangeville.
  • Rombout Ridge – A location near the west town line.
  • Titus – A hamlet near the west town line.
  • Arlington High School, LaGrange Middle School, and Union Vale Middle School of the Arlington Central School District are all in LaGrange, as are several of the School District's primary, elementary and intermediate schools.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Lagrangeville". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 

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