Mahopac, New York

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Mahopac, New York

Introduction to Mahopac, New York

Mahopac, New York is 14 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut and 45 miles N of New York, New York. It is in Putnam county. The population of the town is 8,478.

Mahopac History

Adolphus Philipse patented this land in 1697. The community was named Mahopac after an Algonquian term meaning snake lake. The Red Mills, which served as a center for grinding grain and storing flour, was established in Mahopac and soldiers were stationed to guard it. In 1812, Putnam County was incorporated, which led to the steady development of Mahopac. By the mid 19th century, it became a prosperous summer resort community. After World War II, Mahopac experienced further growth.

Mahopac and nearby Attractions

  • Carmel Historical Society Museum
  • Mahopac Falls
  • Washington Headquarters Monument
  • John Jay Homestead Historic Site
  • Blue Mountain Reservation
  • Bartlett Arboretum

Things To Do In Mahopac

Mahopac Falls, the waters of which drove the Red Mills, is a popular destination in Mahopac. The region is also home to Lake Mahopac and Lake Secor. The Trailside Nature Museum houses Native American artifacts, while the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden features collections of eastern art and photographs. The Washington Headquarters Monument, the Dutch Colonial fieldstone house that served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolution, is accessible from Mahopac as well. Blue Mountain Reservation and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation feature nature trails, playgrounds and picnic areas, and also offer hiking, fishing, camping and mountain biking opportunities.

Mahopac Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is accessible from Mahopac.

Mahopac Higher Education

Pace University-Pleasantville Briarcliff, SUNY Westchester Community College and Western Connecticut State University are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Mahopac Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Mahopac Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Mahopac Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Mahopac Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Mahopac People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Mahopac, New York

Comparing Mahopac 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
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Age of the Population 6 5
Racial Diversity 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2


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


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 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Housing Recently Built 5 8
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3

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Mahopac Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles N of New York, New York
County Putnam
Standard Zip Codes 10541
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.372
Longitude -73.733

Mahopac Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Distance 11.1 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
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
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Mahopac Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,478 100%
Male 4,233 49.9%
Female 4,245 50.1%
Under 18 2,141 25.3%
18+ 6,337 74.7%
65+ 825 9.7%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 3.28
White 7,996 94.3%
African-American 90 1.1%
Asian 103 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.2%
Other 163 1.9%
Mixed Race 113 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 565 6.7%

Mahopac 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 33.3%
Irish 22%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.1%
US/American 6.1%
German 5.4%
Polish 4.6%
Russian 2.7%
Portuguese 2.7%
English 2.4%
Slovak 1.6%
Greek 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
French Canadian 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Albanian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
British West Indian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Lincolnd (10541)
Lake Lincolndale (10541)
Lake Mahopac (10541)
Lake Secor (10541)

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)
Mahopac 8,478 $78,091
Carmel 33,006 $86,032
Crompond 2,050 $98,293
Lincolndale 2,018 $96,290
Shenorock 1,887 $79,534
Shrub Oak 1,812 $87,226
Somers 18,346 $103,950

Mahopac Public Libraries

Mahopac Library
668 ROUTE 6
Mahopac, New York
(845) 628-2009
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