Pearl River, New York

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Pearl River, New York

Introduction to Pearl River, New York

Pearl River, New York, in Rockland county, is 10 miles NW of Yonkers, New York and 22 miles N of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the New York metropolitan area with. Pearl River's population is approximately 15,553.

Pearl River History

Pearl River was originally known as "Muddy Creek." It was once a deserted area and was purchased in 1870 by Julius E. Braunsdorf, who wanted to develop it into a company town. During its early years, the town had five divisions: Muddy Brook, Naurashaun, Pascack, Sickletown and Middletown. According to historians, Dr. Ves Bogert, a resident of the town, found pearls in mussels in Muddy Creek. This led to the renaming of the town as Pearl River.

Pearl River and nearby Attractions

  • Van Houten Homestead
  • Pascack Brook County Park
  • Tallman Mountain State Park
  • Blauvelt State Park
  • Kaufman Campground
  • Blue Hill Golf Club

Things To Do In Pearl River

Pearl River is home to many interesting places. The Braunsdorf Park Pearl River provides facilities like picnic areas, playgrounds and sports fields. The Orangetown Museum & Archives would interest people who are interested in learning more about the history of the area.

Pearl River Transportation

La Guardia Airport is nearby.

Pearl River Higher Education

Rockland Community College, Bergen Community College, Mercy College and Ramapo College of New Jersey are in the neighborhood.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Pearl River Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pearl River Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pearl River Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pearl River Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pearl River People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Pearl River Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Pearl River College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Pearl River, New York

Comparing Pearl River 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 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Age of the Population 7 6
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Senior Citizens 6 5
Racial Diversity 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 5


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 2 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
People Living Alone 3 4
Housing Recently Built 3 7
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3

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Pearl River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NW of Yonkers, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles N of New York, New York
County Rockland
Standard Zip Codes 10965
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.058
Longitude -74.022

Pearl River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
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Pearl River Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,553 100%
Male 7,518 48.3%
Female 8,035 51.7%
Under 18 3,935 25.3%
18+ 11,618 74.7%
65+ 2,273 14.6%
Median Age 38.7
Average Family Size 3.26
White 14,796 95.1%
African-American 61 0.4%
Asian 491 3.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 88 0.6%
Mixed Race 106 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 535 3.4%

Pearl River 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
Irish 43.4%
Italian 19.1%
German 7.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
US/American 4.1%
English 2.4%
Russian 2%
Polish 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Greek 1.1%
Dutch 1%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
Hungarian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
European 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
British 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Pearl River 15,553 $91,618
Bardonia 4,367 $104,415
Blauvelt 5,207 $94,944
Chestnut Ridge 7,829 $95,551
Nanuet 16,707 $81,205
Orangeburg 3,388 $77,679
West Nyack 3,282 $106,576

Pearl River Public Libraries

Pearl River Public Library
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(845) 735-4084
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