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Gardiner (town), New York

This article is about the town. For the hamlet, see Gardiner (CDP), New York.
Gardiner, New York
Town

Downtown Gardiner

Location of New York within the United States
Gardiner, New York
Gardiner, New York
Location within the state of New York

Coordinates: 41°40′48″N 74°9′4″W / 41.68000°N 74.15111°W / 41.68000; -74.15111Coordinates: 41°40′48″N 74°9′4″W / 41.68000°N 74.15111°W / 41.68000; -74.15111

Country United States
State New York
Region Hudson Valley
County Ulster
Area
 • Total 44.9 sq mi (116 km2)
 • Land 44.4 sq mi (115 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,713
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12525
Area code(s) 845

Gardiner is a town in Ulster County, New York, USA. The population was 5,713 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Gardiner is in the south-central part of the county.

History

The first settlers in the region were Huguenots from France.[1] Gardiner was created from parts of New Paltz, Rochester, and Shawangunk by an act of the New York State Legislature on April 2, 1853. The first town meeting was on May 17, 1853.[2] It was named for Lieutenant Governor Addison Gardiner.[3] In 1925, a large fire destroyed a large part of Gardiner village.


The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail begins in southern Gardiner and runs along the abandoned Wallkill Valley Railroad rail corridor to New Paltz, New York. Majestic Park is off of Farmer's Turnpike, and features a skate park, playground, gazebo, and covered picnic area as well as three barbecue grills. It also has a baseball diamond, basketball, and handball courts.

Gardiner's Fire Department offers many social events throughout the year, including the Penny Social and the Plant Sale.

The public library, located on Farmer's Turnpike, also offers groups, events, and classes.

Geography

Gardiner is at the center of Ulster County. It is bordered by Rochester to the north and west, to the north by New Paltz, to the west by Wawarsing, to the east by Plattekill, and to the south by Shawangunk.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), of which, 44.4 square miles (115 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it is water.

The Wallkill River flows from south to north through the center of the town. The Shawangunk Mountains are partly in the western part of the town.

Climate

Climate data for Gardiner, New York
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
(21)
70
(21)
86
(30)
95
(35)
94
(34)
94
(34)
100
(38)
99
(37)
96
(36)
89
(32)
80
(27)
73
(23)
100
(38)
Average high °F (°C) 34
(1)
37
(3)
46
(8)
58
(14)
70
(21)
78
(26)
83
(28)
81
(27)
73
(23)
62
(17)
50
(10)
39
(4)
59.3
(15.2)
Average low °F (°C) 13
(−11)
15
(−9)
25
(−4)
36
(2)
46
(8)
55
(13)
59
(15)
58
(14)
49
(9)
37
(3)
29
(−2)
20
(−7)
36.8
(2.6)
Record low °F (°C) −27
(−33)
−18
(−28)
−13
(−25)
12
(−11)
27
(−3)
33
(1)
41
(5)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
16
(−9)
4
(−16)
−14
(−26)
−27
(−33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.24
(82.3)
2.56
(65)
3.57
(90.7)
3.85
(97.8)
4.62
(117.3)
4.29
(109)
4.25
(108)
3.73
(94.7)
4.09
(103.9)
3.33
(84.6)
3.75
(95.3)
3.31
(84.1)
44.59
(1,132.7)
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,794
18901,703−5.1%
19001,509−11.4%
19102,77984.2%
19201,088−60.8%
1930988−9.2%
19401,31733.3%
19501,289−2.1%
19601,66028.8%
19702,59856.5%
19803,55236.7%
19904,27820.4%
20005,23822.4%
Sources: 1880–1890,[6] 1900–1920,[7]
1930–1950,[8] 1960–1980,[9]
1990,[10] 2000[11]

At the time of the 2000 census, there were 5,238 people, 1,997 households, and 1,389 families residing in the town. The population density was 118.0 people per square mile (45.6/km²). There were 2,255 housing units at an average density of 50.8 per square mile (19.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.35% White, 1.76% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.58% of the population.[11]

There were 1,997 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.[11]

In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.[11]

The median income for a household in the town was $54,432, and the median income for a family was $62,750. Males had a median income of $40,964 versus $29,474 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,091. About 4.7% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[11]

Communities and locations in Gardiner

  • Benton Corners – A hamlet west of Gardiner village on Routes 44 and 55.
  • Forest Glen – A hamlet in the northern part of the town, west of Jenkinstown.
  • Ganahgot – A hamlet west of Gardiner village, Tuthill and the Wallkill River. The Shawangunk Kill joins the Wallkill River near this community.
  • Gardiner – A hamlet located at the junctions of Routes 19 and 44-55.
  • Ireland Corners – A hamlet east of Gardiner village at the junction of 44-55 and Route 208.
  • Jenkinstown – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town near the town line.
  • Libertyville – A hamlet by the north town line.
  • Rutsonville – A hamlet near the south town line on Route 7.
  • Tuthill – A hamlet west of Gardiner village on Route 55, near the Wallkill River.
  • Wallkill Camp – A hamlet in the northern part of the town.

References

Hudson Valley portal
New York portal

Bibliography

External links

  • Town of Gardiner, New York
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