Highlands, New York
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|Median resident age:||22.3 years|
|New York median age:||40.7 years|
Zip codes: 10928.
Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,252 (it was $17,830 in 2000)
Highlands town income, earnings, and wages data
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $249,771 (it was $136,300 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $279,291; Detached houses: $287,696; Townhouses or other attached units: $271,356; In 2-unit structures: $346,589; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $207,589; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $228,396; Mobile homes: $50,771
Races in Highlands, NY (2010)
- 9,02072.2%White alone
- 9347.5%Black alone
- 4333.5%Two or more races
- 4163.3%Asian alone
- 580.5%American Indian alone
- 370.3%Other race alone
- 90.07%Native Hawaiian and Other
Pacific Islander alone
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Ancestries: Irish (21.3%), German (21.1%), Italian (12.3%), English (10.3%), United States (5.8%), Scottish (4.5%).
Current Local Time: EST time zone
Land area: 30.9 square miles.
Population density: 404 people per square mile(low).
For population 25 years and over in Highlands:
- High school or higher: 90.4%
- Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.5%
- Graduate or professional degree: 20.1%
- Unemployed: 3.3%
- Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.8 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Highlands town:
- Never married: 49.2%
- Now married: 39.4%
- Separated: 1.9%
- Widowed: 4.3%
- Divorced: 5.2%
697 residents are foreign born (2.2% Asia, 1.7% Latin America, 1.2% Europe).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
|Highlands town:||2.8% ($3,825)|
|New York:||1.9% ($2,847)|
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Clarkstown, NY (15.4 miles , pop. 82,082).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Bronx, NY (35.1 miles , pop. 1,332,650).
Nearest cities: Fort Montgomery, NY (0.9 miles ), Highland Falls, NY (1.2 miles ), West Point, NY (1.9 miles ), Philipstown, NY (2.2 miles ), Peekskill, NY (2.2 miles ), Cold Spring, NY (2.2 miles ), Nelsonville, NY (2.4 miles ), Buchanan, NY (2.5 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
- 1997: 7 buildings, average cost: $124,300
- 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $139,700
- 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $85,400
- 2000: 9 buildings, average cost: $120,200
- 2001: 6 buildings, average cost: $197,300
- 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $171,600
- 2003: 7 buildings, average cost: $175,300
- 2005: 4 buildings, average cost: $173,400
- 2006: 4 buildings, average cost: $173,400
- 2007: 20 buildings, average cost: $325,000
- 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $55,000
- 2009: 1 building, cost: $400,000
- 2010: 5 buildings, average cost: $165,000
- 2011: 1 building, cost: $200,000
- 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $122,000
Number of permits per 10,000 residents
Average cost (in $1000s)
Latitude: 41.35 N, Longitude: 73.98 W
Area code commonly used in this area: 845
|Officers per 1,000 residents here:||0.08|
|New York average:||3.34|
Unemployment by year (%)
Historical housing units
- Educational services (21%)
- Public administration (12%)
- Accommodation and food services (9%)
- Construction (8%)
- Health care (6%)
- Utilities (5%)
- Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (4%)
- Educational services (23%)
- Health care (13%)
- Public administration (9%)
- Accommodation and food services (8%)
- Finance and insurance (5%)
- Social assistance (4%)
- Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
- Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
- Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
- Postsecondary teachers (5%)
- Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
- Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
- Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
- Law enforcement workers including supervisors (3%)
- Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
- Registered nurses (5%)
- Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
- Cashiers (5%)
- Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
- Waiters and waitresses (5%)
- Business operations specialists (3%)
Highlands-area historical tornado activity is above New York state average. It is 33% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 7/14/1988, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 25.7 miles away from the Highlands town center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
On 7/29/1971, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 9.4 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Highlands-area historical earthquake activity is near New York state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 181.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 217.5 miles away from Highlands center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 128.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 192.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.7 miles away from Highlands center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 127.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Orange County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 7
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Hurricanes: 3, Blizzards: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Fire: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1, Other: 2 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hospitals and medical centers near Highlands:
- UCPA OF PUTNAM AND SOUTHERN DUTCHESS COUNTIES (Hospital, about 5 miles away; GARRISON, NY)
- CORTLANDT HEALTHCARE LLC (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; CORTLANDT MANOR, NY)
- WEST LEDGE REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; PEEKSKILL, NY)
- HUDSON VALLEY HOSPITAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; CORTLANDT MANOR, NY)
- PEEKSKILL-CORTLANDT DIALYSIS CTR (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; CORTLANDT MANOR, NY)
- NORTH WESTCHESTER RESTORATIVE THERAPY AND N C (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MOHEGAN LAKE, NY)
- COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES, INC (Hospital, about 7 miles away; BUCHANAN, NY)
Amtrak station near Highlands:
- 12 miles: CROTON-HARMON (CROTON-ON-HUDSON, CROTON POINT AVE.) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
Operable nuclear power plants near Highlands:
- 7 miles: Indian Point 2 and 3 in Buchanan, NY.
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Highlands:
- United States Military Academy (about 4 miles; West Point, NY; Full-time enrollment: 5,651)
- Mount Saint Mary College (about 12 miles; Newburgh, NY; FT enrollment: 2,166)
- Rockland Community College (about 16 miles; Suffern, NY; FT enrollment: 6,026)
- Nyack College (about 19 miles; Nyack, NY; FT enrollment: 2,590)
- SUNY Westchester Community College (about 22 miles; Valhalla, NY; FT enrollment: 10,278)
- Mercy College (about 24 miles; Dobbs Ferry, NY; FT enrollment: 8,602)
- Vassar College (about 24 miles; Poughkeepsie, NY; FT enrollment: 2,469)
Notable locations in Highlands: Michie Stadium (A), Beverly Dock (B), Ordnance Compound (C), West Point Golf Course (D), Perkins Memorial Observatory (E), South Dock (F), Camp Natural Bridge (G), Camp Buckner (H), Thayer Hall (I), Gillis Field House (J), Eisenhower Hall (K), Herbert Hall (L), Arvin Gymnasium (M), Scott Barracks (N), Washington Hall (O), United States Military Academy Library (P), Lincoln Hall (Q), Cullum Hall (R), West Point Club (S), Bartlett Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Highlands include: Cadet Chapel (A), Trinity Chapel (B), Grace Baptist Church (C), Lighthouse Christian Assembly Church (D), Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (E), Saint Marks Baptist Church (F), Holy Trinity Chapel (G), Holy Innocents Episcopal Church (H), Sacred Heart Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Union Cemetery (1), West Point Cemetery (2), Peacedale Cemetery (3), Sacred Heart Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Jims Pond (A), Long Pond (B), Mine Lake (C), Pells Pond (D), Popolopen Lake (E), Turkey Hill Pond (F), Adolphs Pond (G), Dassori Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Stony Lonesome Brook (A), Queensboro Brook (B), Highland Brook (C), Crows Nest Brook (D), Cranberry Brook (E), Beechy Bottom Brook (F), Long Pond Brook (G), Hemlock Brook (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Highlands include: Roe Park (1), Kosciuszko Monument (2), Sedgwick Monument (3), Wood Monument (4), Buffalo Soldiers Field (5), Daly Field (6), Clinton Field (7), Doubleday Field (8), Howze Field (9). Display/hide their locations on the map
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 81.8. This is about average.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.734. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.8 miles away from the city center.
Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 28.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.7 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.99. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.
Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.00674. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 21.5 miles away from the city center.
|This town:||2.7 people|
|New York:||2.6 people|
Percentage of family households:
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
- Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
- Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
30 people in military treatment facilities with assigned patients in 2010
3,621 people in military barracks, etc. in 2000
Highlands compared to New York state average:
- Median house value below state average.
- Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
- Black race population percentage below state average.
- Median age significantly below state average.
- Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
- Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
- Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
- House age significantly below state average.
- Number of college students above state average.
- Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.
Educational Attainment (%) in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000
|New York average:||14.2|
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
- Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (49%)
- Utility gas (38%)
- Electricity (9%)
- Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
- Other fuel (2%)
Presidential Elections Results
Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results
Religion statistics for Highlands town (based on Orange County data)
Food Environment Statistics:
|Orange County:||3.00 / 10,000 pop.|
|New York:||4.13 / 10,000 pop.|
|This county:||0.11 / 10,000 pop.|
|State:||0.06 / 10,000 pop.|
|Orange County:||1.22 / 10,000 pop.|
|New York:||0.92 / 10,000 pop.|
|Orange County:||2.50 / 10,000 pop.|
|State:||1.68 / 10,000 pop.|
|Here:||8.34 / 10,000 pop.|
|State:||8.82 / 10,000 pop.|
4.64% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($47,392 average adjusted gross income)
|New York average:||5.06%|
0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($597 average AGI)
Orange County: 0.06% New York average: 0.08%
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
|from Bronx County, NY||0.37% ($53,639 average AGI)|
|from Ulster County, NY||0.33% ($36,840)|
|from Rockland County, NY||0.32% ($56,410)|
5.46% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($50,082 average adjusted gross income)
|New York average:||5.46%|
0.09% of residents moved to foreign countries ($746 average AGI)
Orange County: 0.09% New York average: 0.11%
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
Strongest AM radio stations in Highlands:
- WLNA (1420 AM; 5 kW; PEEKSKILL, NY; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
- WABC (770 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
- WFAN (660 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
- WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
- WCBS (880 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
- WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
- WGNY (1220 AM; 10 kW; NEWBURGH, NY; Owner: SUNRISE BROADCASTING LLC)
- WINS (1010 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
- WEPN (1050 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK AM RADIO, LLC)
- WBBR (1130 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BLOOMBERG COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
- WADO (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WADO-AM LICENSE CORP.)
- WVNJ (1160 AM; 20 kW; OAKLAND, NJ; Owner: UNIVERSAL B/CASTING OF NEW YORK,INC.)
- WSNR (620 AM; 20 kW; JERSEY CITY, NJ)
Strongest FM radio stations in Highlands:
- WHUD (100.7 FM; PEEKSKILL, NY; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
- WLJP (89.3 FM; MONROE, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
- WSPK (104.7 FM; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
- W202AR (88.3 FM; NEWBURGH, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
- W299AG (107.7 FM; NEWBURGH, NY; Owner: WAMC)
- W272AV (102.3 FM; NEWBURGH, NY; Owner: JOHN KATONAH)
- WPDH (101.5 FM; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
- WFKP (99.3 FM; ELLENVILLE, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
- WFNP (88.7 FM; ROSENDALE, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
- WRHV (88.7 FM; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: WMHT EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
- WPLJ (95.5 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WPLJ-FM RADIO, INC.)
- WRNQ (92.1 FM; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
- WBWZ (93.3 FM; NEW PALTZ, NY; Owner: CLEVELAND RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
- WRWD-FM (107.3 FM; HIGHLAND, NY; Owner: CLEVELAND RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
- WCZX (97.7 FM; HYDE PARK, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
- WRRB (96.9 FM; ARLINGTON, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
- WFAF (106.3 FM; MOUNT KISCO, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
- WKCR-FM (89.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK)
- WNEW (102.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
- WDBY (105.5 FM; PATTERSON, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
TV broadcast stations around Highlands:
- WTBY (Channel 54; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING OF NEW YORK, INC.)
- WFME-TV (Channel 66; WEST MILFORD, NJ; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
- WNYW (Channel 5; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
- WRNN-TV (Channel 62; KINGSTON, NY; Owner: WRNN-TV ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
- WCBS-TV (Channel 2; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
- WABC-TV (Channel 7; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC)
- WPIX (Channel 11; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WPIX, INC.)
- WWOR-TV (Channel 9; SECAUCUS, NJ; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
- WNJU (Channel 47; LINDEN, NJ; Owner: WNJU LICENSE CORPORATION)
- WPXN-TV (Channel 31; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
- WFUT (Channel 68; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: UNIVISION NEW YORK LLC)
- WXNY-LP (Channel 32; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ISLAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
- WNBC (Channel 4; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
- WNET (Channel 13; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
- WXTV (Channel 41; PATERSON, NJ; Owner: WXTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
- WNYE-TV (Channel 25; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION)
- W68DN (Channel 68; CHERRY HILL, ETC., NJ; Owner: MARCIA COHEN)
- WPXO-LP (Channel 34; EAST ORANGE, NJ; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LPTV, INC.)
- WKOB-LP (Channel 53; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WKOB COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
- WEBR-CA (Channel 17; MANHATTAN, NY; Owner: K LICENSEE INC.)
- WRNN-LP (Channel 57; NYACK, NY; Owner: LP NYACK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
- W60AI (Channel 60; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
- W38CL (Channel 38; BRONX, NY; Owner: RENARD COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
- National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
- 16Number of bridges
- 74m243ftTotal length
- $64,345,000Total costs
- 255,879Total average daily traffic
- 10,410Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges - Historical Statistics
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:1
- Ofc At Bear Mountain Bridge (Lat: 41.319528 Lon: -73.988472), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 15.2 m, Call Sign: KNET210
Assigned Frequencies: 156.045 MHz
Grant Date: 10/24/2012, Expiration Date: 01/20/2023
Registrant: New York Communications Co. Inc., 53 W. Cedar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, Phone: (845) 471-5520, Fax: (845) 471-5593, Email:
Highlands on our top lists:
- #30 on the list of "Top 100 safest cities (lowest city-data.com crime index) (pop. 5,000+)"
- #66 on the list of "Top 100 cities with the largest percentage of males (pop. 5,000+)"
- #74 on the list of "Top 100 cities with old houses but young residents (pop. 5,000+)"
- #15 (10928) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Kenyan first ancestries"
- #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
Total of 1 patent application in 2008-2016.