is a town
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of in Dutchess County
Dutchess County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York, in the state's Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley. The 2010 census lists the population as 297,488...
, New York
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in the United States
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. The population was 26,274 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the Wappani
The Wappinger were a confederacy of Native Americans whose territory in the 17th century spread along the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Primarily based in what is now Dutchess County, New York, their territory bordered Manhattan Island to the south, the Mahican territory bounded by the...
Indians that inhabited the area. The name derives from the Algongian word for inhabitants of the eastern land.
The Town of Wappinger
is located in the southern part of the county. US Route 9 passes through the town.
A portion of the village of Wappingers Falls is located within the town of Wappinger.
The town was first settled around 1659.
Wappinger was formed from the Town of Fishkill
Fishkill is an affluent suburban town in the southwest part of Dutchess County, New York, USA. The population was 20,258 at the 2000 census, however, current estimates put the town's population at over 22,100. Fishkill partly surrounds the city of Beacon....
The population of the Town of Wappinger was 4,389 in 1900.
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74.1 km²), of which, 27.3 square miles (70.7 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it (4.62%) is water.
Part of the west town line is located at the Hudson River
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, and borders Orange
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and Ulster Counties
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As of the census
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of 2000, there were 26,274 people, 9,793 households, and 6,992 families residing in the town. The population density
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was 963.3 people per square mile (372.0/km²). There were 10,144 housing units at an average density of 371.9 per square mile (143.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.18% White, 4.96% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races
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, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.87% of the population.
There were 9,793 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples
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living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $58,079, and the median income for a family was $66,273. Males had a median income of $49,007 versus $31,444 for females. The per capita income
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for the town was $25,817. About 3.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Wappinger
Chelsea is an unincorporated hamlet of the Town of Wappinger in Dutchess County, New York, United States. It is located on the Hudson River in the southwestern corner of the town. It takes the ZIP Code 12512 and is in the 845 telephone area code, and has its own fire district.It is a small...
– A hamlet in the southeast part of the town near the Hudson River.
- Didell – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
- Dutchess County Airport
Dutchess County Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located on State Route 376 in the Town of Wappinger, Dutchess County, New York, United States, four miles south of the central business district of Poughkeepsie. It is sometimes called Poughkeepsie Airport, which gives it the code POU...
(POU) – An airport
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in the northwest part of the town.
- Hughsonville – A hamlet south of Wappingers Falls.
- Myers Corner
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– A hamlet on County Route 93.
- New Hackensack – Where county routes 94, 104 and state route 376
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intersect near Dutchess County Airport.
- Swartoutville – A location in the southeast part of the town.
- Wappingers Falls
Wappingers Falls is a village in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The name is derived from the local Wappinger Indians. One half of the village is in the town of Wappinger and the other half is in the town of Poughkeepsie, with Wappinger Creek forming the dividing line between the...
– Part of the Village of Wappingers Falls is in eastern part of the town.
- Rockingham Farms – Large neighborhood at White's corner and home of the Rockingham Robins.