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Overview

Introduction to Walden, New York

Walden, New York, in Orange county, is 39 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 57 miles N of Newark, New Jersey.

Walden History

Walden is the largest hamlet in the Town of Montgomery in Orange County. Alexander Kidd bought the area around Walden in 1736. It attracted early settlers of Scots-Irish, German, and English descent. At that time, it was known as Kidd's town, after Alexander Kidd. In the early 18th century, it was a mill town that benefited from its location along the Wallkill River. The hamlet was later named in honor of a successful miller, Jacob Walden. It was officially incorporated in 1855.

Walden and Nearby Attractions

  • Jacob T Walden House
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Hyde Park Historical Society Museum
  • Campgaw Mountain
  • Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
  • Bear Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Walden

Several museums are located near Walden including the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, the Storm King Art Center, and the West Point Museum. Places of historic significance nearby include Mills Mansion State Historic Site, Washington Headquarters Monument, and New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. Parks offering recreational opportunities nearby are Storm King State Park, Hudson Highlands State Park, and Fahnestock State Park. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park has provisions for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The park also has a golf course.

Air transportation is available at Stewart International Airport.

Walden Higher Education

Orange County Community College, Dutchess Community College, and Marist College are located near Walden.

People

Total Population 6,886
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,338
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,417
% Above Poverty Level 87.1%
% Below Poverty Level 12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.4%
Median Gross Rent $994
Median House Value $214,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 17.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Walden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 12586
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.561
Longitude -74.188

Walden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WALDEN 1 ESE
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station MOHONK LAKE
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 2 NW
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 44 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gardiner 5,708 $95,282
Montgomery 23,194 $86,000
Plattekill 10,388 $69,695
Wallkill 28,023 $75,801

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Walden Public Libraries

Library
Josephine-louise Public Library
5 SCOFIELD STREET
Walden, New York
(845) 778-7621
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