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Catskill (village), New York

Catskill is a village in Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 4,081 at the 2010 census,[2] down from 4,392 at the 2000 census. The village is in the northeast part of the town of Catskill. Catskill is the county seat of Greene County.

Catskill, New York
Greene County Court House
Greene County Court House
Catskill is located in New York
Catskill is located in the United States
Coordinates: 42°13′3″N 73°51′53″W / 42.21750°N 73.86472°W / 42.21750; -73.86472Coordinates: 42°13′3″N 73°51′53″W / 42.21750°N 73.86472°W / 42.21750; -73.86472
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total2.9 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 • Land2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total4,081
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,400/sq mi (550/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)518 Exchanges: 943,945
FIPS code36-13002
GNIS feature ID0946061


Most of the village land was purchased from the natives in 1684. At the end of the American Revolution there were only ten houses in the community.

The village was incorporated in 1806. Catskill is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.[3]

Martin van Buren was married in the village. John Adams, congressman from New York, died here.[4]

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), founder of the Hudson River School of painting, was a longtime resident. The historic Cole House is preserved and has tours available. It is located near the approach for the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.[5]

George Decker, general and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during the Kennedy Administration, was born in Catskill.


Catskill is located in eastern Greene County at 42°13′N 73°52′W (42.2187, -73.8668),[6] in the northeastern part of the town of Catskill. The village is on the west side of the Hudson River, where Catskill Creek joins it.

New York State Route 385 passes through the center of the village as Bridge Street and Spring Street, ending in the western part of the village at an intersection with U.S. Route 9W. Route 385 crosses Route 23 at the northern border of the village and continues northeast 4 miles (6 km) to Athens and 10 miles (16 km) to Coxsackie. US 9W passes through the western part of Catskill village as Maple Avenue, leading north 17 miles (27 km) to Ravena and south 11 miles (18 km) to Saugerties. NY Route 23 crosses the northern corner of Catskill village, crossing the Hudson on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge into the town of Greenport, and leading west 2 miles (3 km) to Interstate 87 (the New York State Thruway) at Exit 21.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 20.26%, is water.[2]


Census Pop.
Est. 20183,826[1]−6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 4,081 people, 1,565 households, and 1,026 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,962.0 (2000) people per square mile (757.0/km2). There were 2,048 housing units at an average density of 914.9 per square mile(2002) (353.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 60.40% White, 30.73% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.48% from other races, and 3.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.22 (4% Mexican) of the population.

There were 1,765 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,075, and the median income for a family was $34,635. Males had a median income of $32,857 versus $21,578 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,169. About 16.6% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.


Voters in Catskill tend to be slightly more liberal than the rest of Greene County's voters. It is somewhat of a battleground area but it has emerged Democratic by small margins in many of the past elections. Greene County remains a solidly Republican county.

Notable peopleEdit

Notable current and former residents of Catskill include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Catskill village, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Local Government Handbook - Village Government: Historical Development" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. pp. PDF page 72. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  4. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.
  5. ^ Thomas Cole National Historic Site
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ John Hill, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  10. ^ Mehta, Seema (1997-07-09). "In Catskill, They Knew Mike Tyson at the Start". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 2009-10-29.

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