Catskill (town), New York

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Catskill, New York
Location in Greene County and the state of New York.
Location in Greene County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°13′16″N 73°51′59″W / 42.22111°N 73.86639°W / 42.22111; -73.86639Coordinates: 42°13′16″N 73°51′59″W / 42.22111°N 73.86639°W / 42.22111; -73.86639
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorDale Finch
 • Town Council
 • Total64.17 sq mi (166.19 km2)
 • Land60.44 sq mi (156.54 km2)
 • Water3.73 sq mi (9.65 km2)
 • Total11,298
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
FIPS code36-039-13013

Catskill is a town in the southeastern section of Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 11,298 at the 2020 census, the largest town in the county.[4] The western part of the town is in the Catskill Park. The town contains a village, also called Catskill. The village of Catskill has a well-defined Main Street. There is a public boat launch on the Hudson River called Dutchman's Landing.


The area of the town was purchased from the indigenous peoples in 1678, and the first settler was Derrick Teunis van Vechten, who built a house here in 1680.[5] The town was established on March 7, 1788, as part of Albany County. When Greene County was formed on March 25, 1800, Catskill became part of the new county.[6] The town was increased by an addition from the town of Woodstock in 1800, but was later decreased upon the formation of the towns of Cairo (1803) and Athens (1815). Catskill is the location of the story "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving.

On July 23, 2003, an F2 tornado ripped across the town. The worst of the damage occurred at the Kiskatom flats. The tornado crossed over New York Route 32 and went past the Friar Tuck Inn, causing two mobile homes to flip over.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.2 square miles (166.2 km2), of which 60.5 square miles (156.8 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2, or 5.69%) is water.

The eastern town line is defined by the Hudson River, forming the border with Columbia County. The southern town line is the border of Ulster County. The Town is bordered by the town of Athens on the north, Cairo to the northwest, Hunter to the west, and Saugerties to the south.

Communities and locations in the Town of Catskill[edit]

  • Alsen – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on Route 9W.
  • Cairo Junction – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Catskill – A village that is the primary settlement in the town, located in the northeast on both sides of Catskill Creek.
  • Cauterskill – A hamlet west of Catskill village.
Main Street in the Hamlet of Catskill.
  • Hamburg – A hamlet north of Catskill village on the Hudson River.
  • High Falls – A hamlet by the south town line.
  • Jefferson Heights – A hamlet and census-designated place northwest of Catskill village.
  • Kiskatom – A hamlet southwest of Catskill village.
  • Lawrenceville – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Leeds – A hamlet and census-designated place by the north town line.
  • Palenville – A hamlet and census-designated place in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Smith's Landing – A hamlet south of Alsen on Route 9W.


The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and U.S. Route 9W pass north–south through the town. New York State Route 23 passes east–west through the town and heads east across the Hudson River to Columbia County.

Until 1958 the New York Central Railroad operated twice daily, in each direction, passenger trains between Albany, New York and Weehawken, New Jersey on the NYC's West Shore Railroad.[7][8] The rail line continues today as the CSX's River Subdivision, serving freight operations.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 11,849 people, 4,780 households, and 3,035 families residing in the town. The population density was 195.8 people per square mile (75.6/km2). There were 5,700 housing units at an average density of 94.2 per square mile (36.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.84% White, 6.03% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.03% of the population.

There were 4,780 households, out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. Of all households, 29.7% were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,531, and the median income for a family was $42,807. Males had a median income of $33,832 versus $25,058 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,563. About 11.2% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ U.S. Census, 2020, 'Catskill town, Greene County, New York'
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ U.S. Census, 2020, 'Catskill town, Greene County, New York'
  5. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Catskill" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 537.
  6. ^ " Home Page". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ "New York Central System, Table 80". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 88 (4). September 1955.
  8. ^ Knecht, James. "Comments On The West Shore". Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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