Yorktown, New York

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Town of Yorktown, New York
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Location of Yorktown, New York
Location of Yorktown, New York
Coordinates: 41°16′56″N 73°48′33″W / 41.28222°N 73.80917°W / 41.28222; -73.80917
Country United States
State New York
County Westchester
 • Type Town council
 • Town supervisor Ilan D. Gilbert (D)
 • Town council
 • Total 39.26 sq mi (101.68 km2)
 • Land 36.65 sq mi (94.91 km2)
 • Water 2.61 sq mi (6.77 km2)
459 ft (140 m)
 • Total 36,081
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,009.55/sq mi (389.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 914
FIPS code 36-84077[3]
GNIS feature ID 0979663[4]
Website www.yorktownny.org

Yorktown is a U.S. town that lies on the north border in Westchester County, New York, in a suburb approximately 38 miles (61 km) north of midtown Manhattan. The population was 36,081 at the 2010 U.S. Census.


Yorktown has a rich historical heritage beginning with the earliest known inhabitants being Indian tribes, including Mohegan, Osceola, Amawalk, Kitchawan, and Mohansic peoples.[citation needed] Most of Yorktown was part of the Manor of Cortlandt, a Royal Manor established by King William III for the Van Cortlandt family.[citation needed]

The Croton River, which runs through the southern part of Yorktown, was dammed by New York City to provide its first major source of clean and reliable water. The first Croton Dam was located in Yorktown and broke in 1842, causing significant damage to property and major loss of life.[citation needed]

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown in Crompond on a vintage postcard

During the American Revolution, Yorktown was of strategic importance, with the Pines Bridge crossing guarded by a regiment of Rhode Island troops made up mostly of African Americans, who were massacred at the Davenport House in Croton Heights. A memorial to them was erected at the Presbyterian Church in Crompond, New York.[citation needed] Major John André, a British officer who communicated with Benedict Arnold, ate his final breakfast at the Underhill House on Hanover Street just before his capture and eventual hanging as a spy.[citation needed]

In 1788, the township was officially incorporated as Yorktown, commemorating the decisive Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown, near Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781.

Moving north after the battle of Yorktown, the French army camped at the site of today's French Hill Elementary School, where cannonballs and other relics have been found.[citation needed] Although rumors claim that George Washington passed through Yorktown, no factual records confirm this.[citation needed]

During the town's bicentennial in 1988, Yorktowners honored their historic heritage, including that of the 19th and 20th centuries, and commemorated their community's participation in events that led up to the birth and growth of the United States. A Bicentennial Committee reviewed the town's remaining historic sites and determined which should be preserved as a link between the Yorktown of yesterday and the Yorktown of tomorrow.[citation needed]


The town's northern border is the town of Putnam Valley in Putnam County. Its eastern border is the town of Somers. Its southern border is the town of New Castle. Its western border is the town of Cortlandt.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.3 square miles (102 km2), of which 36.7 square miles (95 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), or 6.57%, is water.[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 1,609
1820 1,991
1830 2,141 7.5%
1840 2,819 31.7%
1850 2,273 −19.4%
1860 2,231 −1.8%
1870 2,625 17.7%
1880 2,481 −5.5%
1890 2,378 −4.2%
1900 2,421 1.8%
1910 3,020 24.7%
1920 1,441 −52.3%
1930 2,724 89.0%
1940 3,642 33.7%
1950 4,731 29.9%
1960 16,453 247.8%
1970 28,064 70.6%
1980 31,988 14.0%
1990 33,467 4.6%
2000 36,318 8.5%
2010 36,081 −0.7%
Est. 2016 36,996 [2] 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the United States Census[3] of 2000, there were 36,318 people, 12,556 households, and 9,831 families residing in the town. The population density was 989.7 people per square mile (382.1/km²). There were 12,852 housing units at an average density of 350.2 per square mile (135.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.64% White, 3.04% African American, 0.14% Native American, 3.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.82% of the population.

There were 12,556 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $133,819, and the median income for a family was $154,984 (these figures had risen to $137,253 and $159,413 respectively as of a 2014 estimate[6]). Males had a median income of $96,071 versus $75,899 for females. The per capita income for the town was $63,570. About 1.1% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

For the 2010 census, the results showed 87.9% White, 3.3% African-American, 0.1% American Indian, 4.7% Asian, 9.4% Latino.[7]


The town hosts the yearly Greasestock festival, a showcase of alternative fuel vehicles.[8][9][10][11][12]


Yorktown once had five stations along the New York and Putnam Railroad — Kitchawan, Croton Lake, Croton Heights, Yorktown Heights, and Amawalk. The railroad failed, was purchased by the New York Central Railroad, and was finally abandoned. The old right of way is now part of the North County Trailway, which runs north as far as Carmel, New York.[citation needed] There is currently no rail service in Yorktown, but there are multiple Metro-North Railroad stations nearby, in Katonah in the east on the Harlem Line and Peekskill on the Hudson Line.


Jefferson Valley Mall, the area's major shopping center, is located in Yorktown, in the hamlet of Jefferson Valley.[13]


Parks in Yorktown include the Donald J. Trump State Park, donated by Donald Trump, and Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park.[14]


IBM's Watson computer at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center

The headquarters for Contractors Register is located in the Hamlet of Jefferson Valley. Contractors Register publishes The Blue Book for Building & Construction: www.thebluebook.com.[15]

The main site of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center is located in the Kitchawan part of Yorktown. US Postal Service mail for this site is collected at the US Post Office for Yorktown Heights, which makes it look like this site is located in Yorktown Heights.

The law office of Schoen & Peters Law, which represents Apple, Inc., is located in Yorktown.[citation needed]

Regional bank PCSB Bank is headquartered in Yorktown Heights.[16]

Notable people

Communities and locations in Yorktown



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  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  11. ^ Max, Josh. "Gas-guzzlers become veggie delights at Greasestock in Yorktown Heights". Daily News. May 13, 2008.
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  13. ^ "WASHINGTON PRIME GROUP". washingtonprime.com. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  14. ^ https://parks.ny.gov/parks/148/details.aspx
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  16. ^ "PCSB Bank will sell shares, convert to stock savings bank". Westfair Business Publications. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
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External links

  • Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
  • Town of Yorktown official website
  • Yorktown (New York) at Curlie
  • Yorktown Heights Fire Department

Coordinates: 41°17′44″N 73°48′29″W / 41.29556°N 73.80806°W / 41.29556; -73.80806

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