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Overview

Introduction to Hudson, New York

Hudson, New York, in Columbia county, is 27 miles S of Albany, New York (center to center) and 105 miles N of New York, New York.

Hudson History

The Mahican tribe of Native Americans originally inhabited this region. Dutch settlers purchased the land in 1662 when it was known as "Claverack Landing." New England whalers and merchants settled in this area and laid out a city grid. The community was named "Hudson" for the explorer Henry Hudson, as well as for its proximity to the Hudson River. It was incorporated as a city in 1785. It became an active port, and by 1830, it was one of the largest cities in the State of New York. However, during the late 19th and early 20th century, it developed a reputation for its gambling and prostitution, and it gradually declined through the 1960s and 70s. The mid-1980s witnessed a revival, and businesses flourished once again.

Hudson and Nearby Attractions

  • American Museum of Firefighting
  • Olana State Historic Site
  • Robert Jenkins Home
  • Mount Washington State Forest
  • Art Omi Sculptural Garden
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Waterfront Park

Things To Do In Hudson

The city is home to several places of historic interest. Landscape painter Frederic Church's home, now known as the Olana State Historic Site, is located in Hudson. The American Museum of Fire Fighting showcases steam, motor, horse-drawn, and hand-pulled apparatus. The Georgian home of Martin van Buren, the United States' eighth president, and Judge James Vanderpoel's Federal mansion are among other sites of historic interest nearby. Hudson River Islands State Park offers facilities for fishing, hiking, boating, and picnicking. The city also offers easy access to the Mount Washington State Forest where visitors can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The residents of Hudson also host the Riverfront Fair, and the Hudson ArtsWalk in September every year.

Hudson Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Albany International Airport.

Hudson Higher Education

Hudson is home to the Columbia-Greene Community College. SUNY New Paltz, Berkshire Community College, and Bard College are located nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,549
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+2,695
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married29.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.5%
Median Earnings25+$29,653
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,185
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,847

Wealth

Median Family Income$36,766
% Above Poverty Level74.8%
% Below Poverty Level25.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.9%
% Using Public Transportation3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone43.9%
Median Gross Rent$749
Median House Value$183,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.6%
Italian15.5%
Irish15.1%
Polish8.1%
West Indian5.9%
English3.9%
Jamaican3.2%
Dutch3.1%
Haitian2.4%
Russian2.2%
French Except Basque2.1%
Swedish0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Iranian0.7%
Arab0.7%
Greek0.6%
Czech0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
African0.5%
Scottish0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
New Zealand0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
German0.1%
Danishn0.1%
South African0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Hudson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Columbia County
Standard Zip Codes12534
Phone Area Codes518
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.25
Approximate Longitude-73.78

Hudson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHUDSON CORRECTIONL FAC
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationCAIRO 4 NW
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp12 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip40.7 inches
StationEAST JEWETT
Distance18.4 miles
Jan Temp9 to 31 F
Apr Temp29 to 53 F
Jul Temp51 to 78 F
Oct Temp33 to 58 F
Annual Precip51.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Athens3,979$60,179
Catskill11,507$53,309
Coxsackie8,679$78,447
Germantown1,871$94,219
Philmont1,379$52,661
Stottville1,496$64,605

Hudson Public Libraries

Hudson Area Association Library
51 N. 5TH ST
Hudson, New York
(518) 828-1792

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Hudson Hospitals

Columbia Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
71 Prospect Ave
(518) 822-4072

Hudson Public Schools

Hudson Junior/senior High School
215 Harry Howard Ave
ZIP: 12534
(518) 828-4132
High
Total Enrollment 783
John L Edwards Primary School
360 State St
ZIP: 12534
(518) 828-9493
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Montgomery C Smith Intermediate School
102 Harry Howard Ave
ZIP: 12534
(518) 828-4650
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
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