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Overview

Introduction to Newburgh, New York

Newburgh is situated along the west bank of the Hudson River in Orange County. The municipality is known for its numerous historical and architectural landmarks.

History

In 1609 Henry Hudson and his party were the first Europeans to explore the region. The first settlement was established in 1709 by a group of German Lutherans, however, by 1750 the community was primarily filled with people of English and Scottish ancestry. In 1752 the community took the name Parish of Newburgh in tribute to Newburgh, Scotland. For a short time, the town had been the headquarters for the Continental Army. Several of the local army officers were involved in the "Newburgh Conspiracy." Their goal was to overthrow the government, however, George Washington was able to convince his army officers to stay dedicated to him.

The city was chartered in 1865. Newburgh became wealthy during the "Gilded Age." It became a major transportation and industrial center due to being well positioned between New York City and Albany. The first Edison power plant in the country was constructed in Newburgh. It was the first city in the nation to be electrified. The significant economic decline during the late 20th Century was primarily due to the industrial companies relocating to other cities.

Historic Sites

  • The Dutch Reformed Church features Greek Revival architecture.
  • East End Historic District is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark.
  • The Montgomery-Grand-Liberty Streets Historic District includes a large number of historic structures.
  • Crawford House includes a noteworthy maritime exhibit.
  • The New Windsor Cantonment was the location of a Continental Army camp.
  • Mount Gulina Historic Site is a Revolutionary War homestead.

Attractions

  • Downing Park is located on a high plateau and offers scenic views of the city and the countryside.
  • Algonquin Park is situated in a naturally beautiful environment.
  • The Gallery is a notable venue which showcases the work of regional artists.
  • The Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art features a variety of exhibits.
  • Karpeles Manuscript Museum offers exhibits of original manuscripts and documents from one of the largest private collections in the world.

Activities and Nightlife

Nearby Orange Lake is well known for ice yachting and ice skating races. Chadwick Lake provides opportunities for fishing and ice skating. The Hudson River waterfront offers scenic views. Visitors enjoy the sightseeing cruises along the Hudson River. For nightlife, Monk's House of Jazz features national and local musicians. The popular Pineapple Larry's provides live music in a unique atmosphere.

Transportation

The city is served by the Stewart International Airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,444
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens8.6%
Employed Population 16+11,205
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married31.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.2%
Median Earnings25+$30,460
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,918
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,864

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,947
% Above Poverty Level68.8%
% Below Poverty Level31.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.9%
% Using Public Transportation7.9%

Housing

People Living Alone32.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,118
Median House Value$170,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.1%
Irish5.6%
Italian5%
West Indian4.1%
German2.9%
Jamaican2.6%
Polish1.8%
Haitian1.2%
English1.2%
African0.7%
French Except Basque0.7%
Ghanaian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Arab0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Russian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Austrian0.1%
British0.1%
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Newburgh Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes12550, 12553
P.O. Box Zip Codes12551, 12552, 12555
Phone Area Codes845,914
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.5
Approximate Longitude-74.02

Newburgh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGLENHAM
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationWEST POINT
Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.5 inches
StationWALDEN 1 ESE
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Balmville2,955$86,944
Beacon14,279$92,097
Vails Gate3,309$65,660

Newburgh Public Libraries

Newburgh Free Library
124 GRAND STREET
Newburgh, New York
(845) 563-3600

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Newburgh Hospitals

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital - Newburgh Campus
(Non-profit)
70 Dubois St
(845) 458-4925

Newburgh Public Schools

Balmville School
5144 Rt 9w
ZIP: 12550
(845) 563-8550
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
East Coldenham Elementary School
286 Rt 17k
ZIP: 12550
(845) 457-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Fostertown Etc Magnet School
364 Fostertown Rd
ZIP: 12550
(845) 568-6425
Primary
Total Enrollment 637
Gams High Tech Magnet School
300 Gidney Ave
ZIP: 12550
(845) 563-8450
Primary
Total Enrollment 787
Gardnertown Fundamental Magnet School
6 Plattekill Tpke
ZIP: 12550
(845) 568-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Horizon-on-the-hudson Magnet School
137 Montgomery St
ZIP: 12550
(845) 563-3725
Primary
Total Enrollment 679
Meadow Hill Global Explorations Magnet School
124 Meadow Hill Rd
ZIP: 12550
(845) 568-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 1071
Newburgh Free Academy-main Campus
201 Fullerton Ave
ZIP: 12550
(845) 563-5400
High
Total Enrollment 3259
Newburgh Preparatory Charter High School
471 Broadway
ZIP: 12550
(845) 565-4040
High
Total Enrollment 81
South Middle School
33-63 Monument St
ZIP: 12550
(845) 563-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 758

Newburgh Private Schools

Bishop Dunn Memorial
50 Gidney Ave
ZIP: 12550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 259
Leptondale Christian Academy
1771 Route 300
ZIP: 12550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
Nora Cronin Presentation Academy
69 Bay View Ter
ZIP: 12550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Sacred Heart School
24 S Robinson Ave
ZIP: 12550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 155
San Miguel Academy Of Newburgh
241 Liberty St
ZIP: 12550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
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Court House c1906.

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Court House c1906.

Palatine Hotel and Grant St. c1906.

Post Office and Second St. c1906.

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