Rhinebeck (town), New York
|Rhinebeck, New York|
Downtown Rhinebeck, NY
Location of Rhinebeck, New York
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Elizabeth Spinzia (D)|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||39.8 sq mi (103.2 km2)|
|• Land||36.3 sq mi (93.9 km2)|
|• Water||3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)|
|Elevation||200 ft (61 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0962436|
The Town of Rhinebeck is in the northwest part of Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Rhinebeck also refers to the Village of Rhinebeck, located within the town. Rhinebeck residents living within the village are citizens of the town as well, but residents living only in the town are not citizens of the village. U.S. Route 9 passes through the town. It also includes the hamlet of Rhinecliff, which has an Amtrak station, Rhinecliff-Kingston (Amtrak station), with service to Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City.
It is part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metropolitan area as well as the larger New York metropolitan area.
President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea married Marc Mezvinsky there in July 2010.
Rhinebeck is also home of the Dutchess County Fair, which is a very popular agricultural fair.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.8 square miles (103.2 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (93.9 km²) of it is land and 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²) of it (8.96%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,762 people, 3,001 households, and 1,797 families residing in the town. The population density was 214.1 people per square mile (82.7/km²). There were 3,255 housing units at an average density of 89.8 per square mile (34.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.50% White, 3.61% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.94% of the population.
There were 3,001 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $52,679, and the median income for a family was $67,837. Males had a median income of $49,028 versus $31,995 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,069. About 3.1% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
In 1941, in Rhinebeck, a set of four historic panoramas of London, dating from about 1810, were found lining a barrel of pistols. The Rhinebeck panorama was acquired by the Museum of London in 1998.
- Actress Emma Roberts was born in Rhinebeck.
- Actor Joseph Mazzello was also born in Rhinebeck.
- John Jacob Astor IV, American millionaire businessman, real estate builder, inventor, writer, was born in Rhinebeck. He died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
- Rhinebeck is the birthplace of the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
- Former head of the Genovese Crime Family, Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, spent most of his time at his 100-acre (0.40 km2) Rhinebeck horse farm during the 1970s and 1980s, before his incarceration.
Communities and locations in the Town of Rhinebeck
- Eighmyville—a location northeast of Rhinebeck village.
- Ellerslie—a location in the southwest part of the town near the Hudson River.
- Rhinebeck—the Village of Rhinebeck.
- Rhinecliff—a hamlet on the east bank of the Hudson River.
- Weys Corners—a location in the northeast part of the town.
- Württemberg—a hamlet in the southeast part of the town.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rhinebeck, New York.|
- Town and Village of Rhinebeck
- Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce information
- Starr Library
- Museum of Rhinebeck History
- Rhinecliff website
- Consortium of Rhinebeck History Digital Collections