Bloomingburg, New York

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Storefronts on Main Street.
Storefronts on Main Street.
Location of Bloomingburg within Sullivan County, New York
Location of Bloomingburg within Sullivan County, New York
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 41°33′15″N 74°26′22″W / 41.55417°N 74.43944°W / 41.55417; -74.43944Coordinates: 41°33′15″N 74°26′22″W / 41.55417°N 74.43944°W / 41.55417; -74.43944
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • MayorRussell Wood, Jr.
 • Total0.69 sq mi (1.78 km2)
 • Land0.69 sq mi (1.78 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
515 ft (157 m)
 • Total420
 • Estimate 
 • Density598.84/sq mi (231.14/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)845 Exchange: 733, 316
FIPS code36-06959
GNIS feature ID0975768

Bloomingburg, previously Bloomingburgh, is a village in Sullivan County town of Mamakating, New York, United States. The population was 420 at the 2010 census.


Bloomingburg's accepted incorporation date is 1833.[3] It was the first county seat of Sullivan County, being located in the original county town of Mamakating. It prospered, first, as a center of commerce along the Newburgh–Cochecton Turnpike, then as a railway town serving vacationers in the mountains. Many guesthouses in the village were not rebuilt after the devastating fire of February 1922, and the village has been primarily an agricultural center ever since.

Camp Na-Sho-Pa, a summer sleep-away camp from 1937–2009, was located in Bloomingburg. Camp Echo has also been located in Bloomingburg for almost 90 years. The Local 3 I.B.E.W owned Camp Integrity also resides in Bloomingburg.

The Bloomingburg Reformed Protestant Dutch Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[4]

Chestnut Ridge controversy[edit]

The planning for the 396-home Chestnut Ridge development began in 2006 under the pretenses of building a 125-house upscale golf course community.[5] The development was sponsored by a company run by Shalom Lamm. Many then current residents of Bloomingburg perceived this as leading to destroying the rural atmosphere of the village and replacing it with high density low income housing.[citation needed] This led to various attempts by the community to stop the development, organizing more formally in 2012 under the leadership of Holly Roche. An investigation into tampering in the 2014 village election led to three developers being charged.[6]


Bloomingburg is located at 41°33′22″N 74°26′28″W / 41.55611°N 74.44111°W / 41.55611; -74.44111 (41.556159, -74.441060).[7] The village's eastern boundary is the Shawangunk Kill, Dutch for "Shawangunk River", also the Orange County line at that point, with its western boundary a short distance up the Shawangunk Ridge. It is the only population center in Sullivan County entirely within the Hudson River watershed.

The northern and southern boundaries roughly parallel Main Street, also County Route 171, the former route of NY 17, which now bypasses the village to the north as an expressway. It is served by two exits on Route 17, one for Burlingham Road and the other, just over the county line, for NY 17K.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)412[2]−1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2010 census Bloomingburg had a population of 420. 77.9% of the population was non-Hispanic whites, 4.5% non-Hispanic African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 5.7% reporting two or more races and 13.3% Hispanic or Latino.[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 353 people, 146 households, and 94 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,113.7 people per square mile (425.9/km2). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 571.0 per square mile (218.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.92% white, 2.83% African American, 1.98% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.93% of the population.

There were 146 households, out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 29.5% 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 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,571, and the median income for a family was $41,111. Males had a median income of $35,938 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,441. About 17.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ A Complete Descriptive and Statistical Gazetteer of the United States of America. Sherman & Smith. 1843. p. 68.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Israel, Steve (24 Nov 2013). "Controversial developer feels targeted in Bloomingburg". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Three Real Estate Developers Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Conspiracy To Corrupt The Electoral Process In Bloomingburg, New York". United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. United States Department of Justice. December 15, 2016.
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey: [1] Geographical Names Information System (GNIS). 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ 2010 census data for Bloomingburg
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau: [2] Archived 2009-06-25 at the Wayback Machine American FactFinder. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ 'Memoirs of Milwaukee County: From the Earliest Times to the Present,' Jerome Anthony Watrous, Western Historical Association: 1909, Biographical Sketch of Charles F. Hunter, 1011-1012, (This has information about Charles F. Hunter's father Edward M. Hunter)