Liberty, New York

Coordinates: 41°48′05″N 074°44′48″W / 41.80139°N 74.74667°W / 41.80139; -74.74667
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Liberty, New York
State Route 17 at Liberty (2008)
State Route 17 at Liberty (2008)
Location of the town of Liberty in Sullivan County, New York
Location of the town of Liberty in Sullivan County, New York
Coordinates: 41°48′05″N 074°44′48″W / 41.80139°N 74.74667°W / 41.80139; -74.74667
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySullivan County
 • Total80.74 sq mi (209.11 km2)
 • Land79.58 sq mi (206.12 km2)
 • Water1.16 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Total10,159
 • Density116.65/sq mi (45.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-105-42224

Liberty is a town in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 10,159 at the 2020 census.[2] The village is bisected by New York State Route 52 (NY 52) and NY 55, and is crossed by NY 17.


Today the town covers 85 square miles. The largest community within the town is the village of Liberty, which was incorporated on September 17, 1870.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 80.7 square miles (209.0 km2), of which 79.6 square miles (206.2 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (1.36%) is water.

Communities within Liberty[edit]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5] 2020[2]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 9,632 people, 3,711 households, and 2,263 families residing in the town. The population density was 121.0 inhabitants per square mile (46.7/km2). There were 5,350 housing units at an average density of 67.2 per square mile (25.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.70% white, 9.19% black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.43% Asian, .01% Pacific Islander, 3.76% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.9% of the population.

There were 3,711 households, out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,022, and the median income for a family was $37,689. Males had a median income of $31,088 versus $24,655 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,565. About 12.1% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


The Liberty Central School District has three schools in Liberty.[7]

The Catholic schools in closest proximity to Liberty are Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Wallkill and St. John Elementary School in Goshen.[8] St. Peter's Regional School, the final remaining Catholic school in Sullivan County, closed in 2019. At the time it had 42 students. It was the final remaining Catholic school in Sullivan County. The school became an early learning center in 2016 after an earlier plan to close the school was canceled.[8]

Notable people[edit]


Liberty is the setting of David Cross's film Hits.[10] The film was also used as the setting for the 2018 drama Nancy.[11]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b US Census Bureau, 2020 Census Report QuickFacts, Liberty, Sullivan County, New York
  3. ^ History; Town of Liberty.
  4. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "About Us". Liberty Central School District.
  8. ^ a b "Last Catholic school in Sullivan County closing". Times Herald-Record. February 6, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York by William D. Murphy (1861; pg. 59ff)
  10. ^ [Hits. Perf. Julia Stiles, Michael Cera. Honora Productions, 2014. Film.]
  11. ^ "Nancy (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved July 8, 2021.

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