Thornwood, New York

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Thornwood, New York

Introduction to Thornwood, New York

Thornwood, New York, in Westchester County, is 6 miles N of White Plains, New York and 28 miles N of New York, New York. The town has a population of 5,980.

Thornwood History

This region was originally inhabited by Algonquin Lenape Native Americans. The Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad established a station in Thornwood, but it was eliminated in the mid-1980s due to electrification. The area was, at one point of time, home to a large and flourishing marble quarry. In the 1980s, this quarry pit was filled up and a shopping center was built over it. Thornwood is currently an unincorporated hamlet in Westchester County.

Thornwood and nearby Attractions

  • Bartow-Pell Mansion
  • Trailside Nature Museum
  • Blue Mountain Reservation
  • John Jay Homestead Historic Site
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Rockland Lake State Park

Things To Do In Thornwood

The Trailside Nature Museum features Native American artifacts, nature trails, a resource center and picnic areas. At the Neuberger Museum of Art, visitors can view collections of 20th-century American art, including the works of artists like Willem de Kooning, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock. The home of statesman John Jay, now known as the John Jay Homestead Historic Site, is located near Thornwood as well. The Blue Mountain Reservation offers camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking opportunities, while the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation features nature trails and picnic areas. The Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, the George Washington Bridge and the Maritime Aquarium are some of the other popular destinations in the area.

Thornwood Transportation

John F. Kennedy International is the closest major airport.

Thornwood Higher Education

Colleges and universities accessible from Thornwood include Pace University-Pleasantville Briarcliff, SUNY Westchester Community College and Iona College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Thornwood Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Thornwood Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Thornwood People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Thornwood Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Thornwood College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Thornwood, New York

Comparing Thornwood 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 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Racial Diversity 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Age of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 5 4
Female Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 4 3
Short Commute Times 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


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

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Thornwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of White Plains, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles N of New York, New York
County Westchester
Standard Zip Codes 10594
Phone Area Codes 914
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.123
Longitude -73.779

Thornwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
Distance 9 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 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
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Thornwood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,980 100%
Male 2,957 49.4%
Female 3,023 50.6%
Under 18 1,692 28.3%
18+ 4,288 71.7%
65+ 794 13.3%
Median Age 37.5
Average Family Size 3.39
White 5,440 91%
African-American 141 2.4%
Asian 239 4%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0%
Other 83 1.4%
Mixed Race 71 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 347 5.8%

Thornwood 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 42.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
Irish 13.5%
German 8.2%
US/American 3.3%
Russian 2.1%
English 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Portuguese 1.4%
Polish 1.4%
Dutch 1.2%
European 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
Jamaican 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Israeli 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Haitian 0.4%
African 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Thornwood 5,980 $98,313
Armonk 3,461 $122,066
Briarcliff Manor 7,696 $157,607
Chappaqua 9,468 $180,451
Hawthorne 5,083 $92,042
Pleasantville 7,172 $105,227
Valhalla 5,379 $91,205
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Thornwood High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 526 students.

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