Washington, New York

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Washington, New York
Town of Washington
The Innisfree Garden in October 2009.
The Innisfree Garden in October 2009.
Flag of Washington, New York
Location of Washington, New York
Location of Washington, New York
Coordinates: 41°47′12″N 73°40′53″W / 41.78667°N 73.68139°W / 41.78667; -73.68139Coordinates: 41°47′12″N 73°40′53″W / 41.78667°N 73.68139°W / 41.78667; -73.68139
Country United States
State New York
County Dutchess
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total 59.4 sq mi (153.8 km2)
 • Land 59.1 sq mi (153.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 607 ft (185 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,741
 • Density 80/sq mi (31/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-78388[1]
GNIS feature ID 0979601[2]

Washington is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 4,741 at the 2010 census. The town is named after George Washington, who passed through the town during the Revolution.

The Town of Washington is in the central part of the county, northeast of the City of Poughkeepsie. US Route 44 passes across the town.


The town was part of the Great Nine Partners Patent of 1697. The town was formed in 1788 as one of the original towns of the re-organized county. The town lost territory in 1793 to form the new Town of Stanford.

Notable people[edit]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.4 square miles (154 km2), of which, 59.1 square miles (153 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (0.49%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,742 people, 1,914 households, and 1,244 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.3 people per square mile (31.0/km²). There were 2,192 housing units at an average density of 37.1 per square mile (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.69% White, 2.83% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.

There were 1,914 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,104, and the median income for a family was $69,074. Males had a median income of $45,938 versus $31,411 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,561. About 2.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Washington[edit]

  • Lithgow – A location in the northeast corner of the town.
  • Littlerest – A location south of Mabbettsville.
  • Mabbettsville – A hamlet east of Millbrook.
  • Millbrook – The Village of Millbrook in near the center of the town.
  • South Millbrook – A location south of Millbrook bordering the town of Union Vale, New York
  • Shunpike – A location north of Millbrook.
  • Washington's Hollow – A location by the west town line, where Washington camped.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.