PUTNAM COUNTY NY REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
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Compared to other parts of the Hudson Valley, Putnam County had slow settlement. It was privately owned and settlement was limited to tenant farmers willing to pay the Philipse family for leases. Secondly, it was mostly hilly and rocky, making it unappealing to men looking for tillable cropland. Its use was generally limited to dairy farming and wood cutting. The first non-tenant settlers in the county were along its eastern edge. The ambiguous border with Connecticut attracted farmers from New England. They assumed that Philipse did not own the disputed area.
Among early settlers were the Hayt family, which built a farm called The Elm in 1720. Jacob Haviland settled in the Oblong in 1731 in what became known as Haviland Hollow. The first village in the county was Fredericksburg, now the hamlet of Patterson.
During the Revolution, the Philipses stayed loyal to the Crown. As a consequence, their lands were confiscated by the New York government. It sold the Philipse Patent along with the rest of their holdings. The dispute over The Oblong was resolved in the aftermath of the war, with the heavily settled tract being incorporated as the first of two versions of the Town of Southeast. Also resolved was “The Gore”, a lowland area near Fishkill Creek above the Hudson Highlands along the northern border of the Phillipse patent. Being geographically similar to the Livingston and Beekman patents it abutted, The Gore was ceded to Dutchess county.
Due to the increasing population of the Southern Precinct of Dutchess County and the great distance of these communities from the county seat, Poughkeepsie, Putnam was split from Dutchess in 1812. It was organized as an independent county. Putnam travelers mostly used boats and ships along the Hudson River. Boats transporting goods traveled up the Hudson to ports, mainly at Peekskill, New York. They were transported by road into Putnam County, or goods were unloaded in Putnam County at Cold Spring, New York. Such transport suffered in winter, when the river froze. At that time, little food or goods could be shipped to the county.
Putnam County NY Real Estate
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 246 square miles (640 km2), of which 230 square miles (600 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (6.5%) is water.
Putnam County is situated in the lower Hudson Valley in the southeastern part of New York, between the Hudson River on its west and the New York-Connecticut border on its east. Putnam is southeast of Newburgh, and it is north of White Plains. Depending on precise location within the county, road travel distance to New York City ranges between 45 miles (72 km) and 65 miles (105 km).
The terrain of the county is generally hilly. The region of the county nearest the Hudson River is especially so, and is part of the Hudson Highlands. The highest point in Putnam County is Scofield Ridge, with four summits at approximately 1,540 feet (469 m) above sea level. The lowest point is sea level along the Hudson. The Hudson River, named for Henry Hudson, has provided transportation of goods from New York City, north to the Hudson Valley, throughout history. Between the hills and glacial moraine, Putnam County’s valleys contain numerous wetlands (including part of the Great Swamp), creeks, ponds, lakes (including the 583 acre Lake Mahopac), and reservoirs.
As of 2016 Census estimates, there were 98,900 people and 34,102 households in the county, with 2.84 persons per household. The population density was 432.9 people per square mile (160/km²). 50.1% of the population was female. The racial makeup of the county was 79.6% White alone, not hispanic or Latino, 3.3% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, 1.8% from two or more races and 14.3% Hispanic or Latino of any race. 12.6% of the population was foreign born.
4.4% of the population was under the age of 5, 20.5% under the age of 18, and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.4 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $97,606, and the per capita income was $41,993. 5.2% of the population was in poverty.
92.7% of the population at least 25 years old had a high school degree or higher, and 38.9% had a bachelor degree or higher.
There were 38,332 housing units, 82.0% of which were owner occupied. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $354,800.
Putnam County NY Real Estate Points of interest
Chuang Yen Monastery, located in Kent is home to the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere. It has the only library in the United States specializing in Buddhist history.
Visitors seeking natural resources go to Clarence Fahnestock State Park, a 14,000 acres (57 km2) state park named for Clarence Fahnestock, contains 15 kilometers of trails for walking and hiking. Donald J. Trump State Park (currently closed) is a 436-acre (1.76 km2) state park located in Putnam and Westchester counties. A small ski resort, Thunder Ridge Ski Area, with 30 trails and three lifts is located in the town of Patterson.
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