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. The village has a population of 6,164.

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.


Total Population 6,919
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 9.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,415
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $37,802
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,977
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,234


Median Family Income $84,861
% Above Poverty Level 85.3%
% Below Poverty Level 14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%


People Living Alone 26.1%
Median Gross Rent $929
Median House Value $224,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 15.4%

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


  • 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
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
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
Maybrook 3,022 $85,804

Walden Public Libraries

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