Introduction to Port Jervis, New York

Port Jervis, New York is 37 miles NW of Wayne, New Jersey and 51 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Orange County. The population of the city is 8,860.

Port Jervis History

The first developed settlement in the area was established in 1690, when the community was known as Mahackamack. A 1,200-acre land grant was formalized in October of 1697. The area was rebuilt and developed after being burned and raided in the 1779 Battle of Minisink. In 1826, the Delaware and Hudson Canal was constructed, leading to further growth of the community. It was incorporated as the Village of Peenpack in 1853. In the mid 19th century, the community was renamed Port Jervis in honor of John Bloomfield Jervis, the chief engineer of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. Port Jervis was reincorporated as a city on July 26, 1907.

Port Jervis and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History
  • Gillinder Glass Factory & Museum
  • Fort Decker
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Ringwood Manor
  • George Washington Bridge

Things To Do In Port Jervis

Local museums and historical sites include the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History, the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Neversink Valley Area Museum and the Ten Mile River Scout Museum. The Space Farms Zoological Park and Museum features over 500 animals. It also houses antique cars, carriages and wagons. The 14,193-acre High Point State Park has a lake, nature trails and picnic areas. It also offers swimming, boating and fishing opportunities. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Port Jervis Golf Course. The Fireman's Day Parade is held in the community every July.

Port Jervis Transportation

Sullivan County International is the closest major airport.

Port Jervis Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Orange County Community College, the County College of Morris, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and Ramapo College of New Jersey.


Total Population 8,736
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,567
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.4%
Median Earnings25+ $33,668
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,611
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,903


Median Family Income $52,813
% Above Poverty Level 83.6%
% Below Poverty Level 16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $923
Median House Value $166,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 6%
Irish 15.9%

Port Jervis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles NW of Wayne, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 12771
P.O. Box Zip Codes 12785
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.375
Longitude -74.693

Port Jervis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Westbrookville (12785)

Westbrookvlle (12785)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Middletown 27,904 $57,750
Otisville 1,245 $87,188

Port Jervis Public Libraries

Port Jervis Free Library
Port Jervis, New York
(845) 856-7313
Library Web Site

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Port Jervis Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(845) 856-5351
Emergency Service: Yes

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