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Germantown is a town in Columbia CountyNew York, United States. The population was 1,954 at the 2010 census. Germantown is located in the southwest part of the county, along the east side of the Hudson River.



1       Geography

2       History

3       Demographics

4       Politics

5       Education

6       Economy and employment

7       Transportation

8       Places of interest

9       Architecture

10     Arts

11      Shopping and dining

12      Media

13      Notable residents

14      External links



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36.1 km2), of which 12.1 square miles (31.3 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), or 13.07%, is water. The west town line, marking the center of the Hudson River, is the border of Greene and Ulster counties.

Communities and locations


Cheviot – A hamlet near the Hudson River, south of Germantown hamlet.

Germantown – The hamlet of Germantown is located near the Hudson River on Route 9G.

North Germantown – A hamlet on Route 9G north of Germantown hamlet.

Palatine Park – A park northeast of Germantown hamlet.

Viewmont – A hamlet on the south town line.


Robert Livingston the Elder

The first Europeans to buy property in the county were DutchRobert Livingston, a Scots immigrant, bought thousands of acres from the native Americans, before gaining a huge grant from the Crown. He owned a total of 160,240 acres (64,850 ha). He was made lord of the Livingston Manor.

The Manor of Livingston, circa 1710

In 1710, he sold 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) of his property to Anne, Queen of Great Britain, for use as work camps and resettlement of Palatine German refugees.

Emigrants leaving the Palatinate for America

Some 1,200 persons were settled at work camps to manufacture naval stores and pay off their passage as indentured labor. The area was later renamed “Germantown”. Following the United States’ gaining independence in the Revolutionary War, the town was organized in 1788 from a previously organized district.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,018 people, 831 households, and 546 families residing in the town. The population density was 166.0 people per square mile (64.1/km²). There were 984 housing units at an average density of 81.0 per square mile (31.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.93% White, 1.14% Black orAfrican American, 0.15% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

There were 831 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,195, and the median income for a family was $50,885. Males had a median income of $36,806 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,198. About 5.0% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.



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Economy and employment


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Places of interest


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The 1767 Parsonage



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Shopping and dining

Otto’s Market, Main Street



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Notable residents

Sonny Rollins, saxophonist

Oliver Stone, film director, has a summer home here

Germantown Central School District

Historical information about Germantown

Germantown Library



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