Introduction to Hudson, New York

Hudson, New York, in Columbia county, is 27 miles S of Albany, New York (center to center) and 105 miles N of New York, New York.

Hudson History

The Mahican tribe of Native Americans originally inhabited this region. Dutch settlers purchased the land in 1662 when it was known as "Claverack Landing." New England whalers and merchants settled in this area and laid out a city grid. The community was named "Hudson" for the explorer Henry Hudson, as well as for its proximity to the Hudson River. It was incorporated as a city in 1785. It became an active port, and by 1830, it was one of the largest cities in the State of New York. However, during the late 19th and early 20th century, it developed a reputation for its gambling and prostitution, and it gradually declined through the 1960s and 70s. The mid-1980s witnessed a revival, and businesses flourished once again.

Hudson and Nearby Attractions

  • American Museum of Firefighting
  • Olana State Historic Site
  • Robert Jenkins Home
  • Mount Washington State Forest
  • Art Omi Sculptural Garden
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Waterfront Park

Things To Do In Hudson

The city is home to several places of historic interest. Landscape painter Frederic Church's home, now known as the Olana State Historic Site, is located in Hudson. The American Museum of Fire Fighting showcases steam, motor, horse-drawn, and hand-pulled apparatus. The Georgian home of Martin van Buren, the United States' eighth president, and Judge James Vanderpoel's Federal mansion are among other sites of historic interest nearby. Hudson River Islands State Park offers facilities for fishing, hiking, boating, and picnicking. The city also offers easy access to the Mount Washington State Forest where visitors can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The residents of Hudson also host the Riverfront Fair, and the Hudson ArtsWalk in September every year.

Hudson Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Albany International Airport.

Hudson Higher Education

Hudson is home to the Columbia-Greene Community College. SUNY New Paltz, Berkshire Community College, and Bard College are located nearby.


Total Population 6,572
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,596
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 28.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $26,071
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,500


Median Family Income $36,780
% Above Poverty Level 74.9%
% Below Poverty Level 25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 21%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%


People Living Alone 44.6%
Median Gross Rent $821
Median House Value $173,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 15.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hudson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles S of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 105 miles N of New York, New York
County Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 12534
Phone Area Codes 518
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.252
Longitude -73.791

Hudson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station CAIRO 4 NW
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 31 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 51 to 78 F
Oct Temp 33 to 58 F
Annual Precip 51.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hudson Public Libraries

Hudson Area Association Library
Hudson, New York
(518) 828-1792
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Hudson Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(518) 828-7601
Emergency Service: Yes

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