Greene County, New York
|Greene County, New York|
The Greene County Court House in Catskill, NY
Location in the state of New York
New York's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 3, 1800|
|Named for||Nathanael Greene|
|• Total||658 sq mi (1,704 km2)|
|• Land||648 sq mi (1,678 km2)|
|• Water||10 sq mi (26 km2), 1.58%|
|• Density||76/sq mi (29.3/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 49,221.1 Its county seat is Catskill.2 Its name is in honor of the American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene.3
On April 3, 1801, 90 square miles (230 km2) of land was transferred from Delaware and Ulster counties, raising the total area to 710 square miles (1,800 km2). This transferred Prattsville, Vly Mountain, Halcott Center, Bushnellsville, Highmount, Shandaken, Lanesville, and Pine Hill within Greene County.5
On May 26, 1812, Greene County lost 20 square miles (52 km2) to Ulster County, lowering the total area to 690 square miles (1,800 km2), reassigning Pine Hill, Highmount, and Shandaken to Ulster County.6
On April 15, 1814, the county borders were re-surveyed, and the line adjusted with no change in area.7
On March 3, 1836, 30 square miles (78 km2) of area was lost to Schoharie County, reducing the total area to 660 square miles (1,700 km2), and reassigning Manorkill, producing the Greene County that exists today.10
Catskill Park takes up much of the south central region. The park contains some of the tallest peaks south of the Adirondacks. For example, the highest elevation is Hunter Mountain, at approximately 4,040 feet (1,232 m) above sea level; In addition, there are many picturesque waterfalls in the park such as the famed, Kaaterskill Falls.
- Albany County, New York - north
- Rensselaer County, New York - northeast
- Columbia County, New York - east
- Ulster County, New York - south
- Delaware County, New York - west
- Schoharie County, New York - northwest
As of the census13 of 2000, there were 48,195 people, 18,256 households, and 12,067 families residing in the county. The population density was 74 people per square mile (29/km²). There were 26,544 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.76% White, 5.53% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 4.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.8% were of Irish, 17.8% Italian, 17.5% German, 8.6% American and 6.9% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.3% spoke English, 2.8% Spanish, 1.5% German and 1.3% Italian as their first language.
There were 18,256 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.2 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,493, and the median income for a family was $43,854. Males had a median income of $35,598 versus $25,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,931. About 8.6% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
Greene County is considered a Republican stronghold. It was one of only 11 counties in New York that did not vote for Bill Clinton in 1996, and it supported John McCain by a margin just under ten points in 2008, a Democratic year. In 2012, 54.1% of the county voted for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and 43.7% voted for Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, again despite it being a Democratic year. The last time Greene County voted Democrat was in 1964.
In some elections, certain towns in Greene County have had a plurality that have voted Democratic, though the county remains Republican.
- Ashland (town)
- Athens (town)
- Athens (village)
- Cairo (town)
- Catskill (village)
- Catskill (town)
- Coxsackie (village)
- Coxsackie (town)
- Durham (town)
- Greenville (town)
- Halcott (town)
- Hunter (town)
- Hunter (village)
- Jefferson Heights
- Jewett (town)
- Lexington (town)
- New Baltimore (town)
- Prattsville (town)
- Tannersville (village)
- Windham (town)
- ==> Labels in parentheses are official political designation.
||Albany and Schoharie Counties|
|Delaware County||Columbia County|
- John Adams, (1778–1854), born in Oak Hill, United States Congressman14
- Levi Hill, claimed early inventor of color photography
- Jeff "The Drunk" Curro Howard Stern Wack Packer
- Blossom Dearie, (1924-2009), jazz singer
- Thurlow Weed, (1797-1882), born in Acra, NY. Newspaper publisher, politician, and party boss
- List of counties in New York
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Greene County, New York
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 143.
- New York. Laws of New York., 1800, 23rd Session, Chapter 51; Page 493
- New York. Laws of New York., 1801, 24th Session, Chapter 123, Page 290.
- New York. Laws of New York.1812, 35th Session, Chapter 46, Page 382.
- New York. Laws of New York.1814, 37th Session, Chapter 211, Page 275.
- New York. Laws of New York.1822, 45th Session, Chapter 243, Page 257.
- New York. Laws of New York.1823, 46th Session, Chapter 251, Page 377.
- New York. Laws of New York.1836, 59th Session, Chapter 31, Page 33.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.
Beers, Frederick L. (1884). History of Greene County, New York: with biographical sketches of its prominent men. New York: J.B. Beers & Co.
- Media related to Greene County, New York at Wikimedia Commons
- Greene County Government website
- Greene County Historical Society
- Greene County History & Genealogy Website
- Greene County at DMOZ
- Early history of Greene County
- Hudson Valley Directory, listings pertaining to Greene County, New York
||Schoharie County||Albany County||Rensselaer County|
|Delaware County||Columbia County|