Lake Carmel, New York

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Lake Carmel, New York

Introduction to Lake Carmel, New York

Lake Carmel, New York, in Putnam County, is 12 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut and 52 miles N of New York, New York. The town is home to some 8,663 residents.

Lake Carmel History

The first European settlers arrived in Kent sometime around 1750. The community experienced significant development in the 1920s, after the establishment of manmade Lake Carmel. Located in the southeast corner of the town, the lake was built by two brothers, Warren and Arthur Smadbeck. In the 1930s, the area became a prominent vacation getaway.

Lake Carmel and nearby Attractions

  • Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
  • Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve
  • Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Lake Carmel

Things To Do In Lake Carmel

The Weir Farm National Historic Site, the John Jay Homestead Historic Site, the Danbury Railway Museum and Keeler Tavern Museum are all close by. The 305-acre Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy hiking, fishing and boating. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Bear Mountain State Park, Lake Waramaug State Park and Fahnestock State Park are some of the other popular destinations in the area.

Lake Carmel Transportation

Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.

Lake Carmel Higher Education

Albertus Magnus College, Bard College and Bergen Community College are some of the colleges accessible from Lake Carmel.

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High Points

Lake Carmel strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Lake Carmel Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Lake Carmel Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Lake Carmel Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Lake Carmel People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Lake Carmel, New York

Comparing Lake Carmel to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Age of the Population 6 4
Racial Diversity 5 6
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 8
Portion of People Married 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
College Educated Adults 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 6 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Housing Recently Built 3 7
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Lake Carmel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles N of New York, New York
County Putnam
Standard Zip Codes 10512
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.461
Longitude -73.671

Lake Carmel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.9 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
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Lake Carmel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,663 100%
Male 4,289 49.5%
Female 4,374 50.5%
Under 18 2,343 27%
18+ 6,320 73%
65+ 766 8.8%
Median Age 36.7
Average Family Size 3.25
White 8,140 94%
African-American 130 1.5%
Asian 73 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.2%
Other 167 1.9%
Mixed Race 136 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 539 6.2%

Lake Carmel Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 32%
Irish 26.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.6%
German 7.1%
English 4.5%
US/American 4%
Polish 2.6%
Russian 1.6%
Swedish 1.5%
French Canadian 1.2%
Scottish 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1%
Jamaican 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Jordanian 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lake Carmel, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carmel (10512)
Kent Lakes (10512)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lake Carmel 8,663 $76,514
Brewster 2,162 $48,393
Carmel 33,006 $86,032
Mahopac 8,478 $78,091
Pawling 2,233 $59,896
Shenorock 1,887 $79,534
Somers 18,346 $103,950

Lake Carmel Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(914) 279-5711
Emergency Service: Yes

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