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Armonk, New York
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Top (From L to R): IBM's corporate headquarters
Middle (From L to R) The Bedford Road Historic District buildings where it connects the district
Bottom (From L to R): NY128 End Sign with a few cars
Location of Armonk, New York
Location of Armonk, New York
Coordinates: 41°7′43″N 73°42′28″W / 41.12861°N 73.70778°W / 41.12861; -73.70778Coordinates: 41°7′43″N 73°42′28″W / 41.12861°N 73.70778°W / 41.12861; -73.70778
Country United States
State New York
County Westchester
Town North Castle
Area
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (15.7 km2)
 • Land 6.0 sq mi (15.5 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
387 ft (118 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,330
 • Density 724/sq mi (279.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
10504
Area code(s) 914
FIPS code 36-02649
GNIS feature ID 0942567

Armonk is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of North Castle, New York, located in Westchester County.

As of the 2010 census, Armonk's CDP population was 4,330 and it has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km2), of which 6.0 square miles (15.5 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.54 percent, is water.

The corporate headquarters of IBM are situated in Armonk.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,461 people, 1,172 households, and 995 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 568.9 per square mile (219.8/km2). There were 1,204 housing units at an average density of 197.9/sq mi (76.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.38 percent white, 0.61 percent African American, 0.06 percent Native American, 4.16 percent Asian, 0.00 percent Pacific Islander, 0.40 percent from other races, and 1.24 percent from two or more races. 3.76 percent of the population were Hispanic and Latino Americans.

There were 1,172 households, out of which 44.5 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.7 percent were married couples living together, 7.7 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.1 percent were non-families. 13.1 percent of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 29.8 percent under the age of 18, 4.4 percent from 18 to 24, 27.2 percent from 25 to 44, 26.7 percent from 45 to 64, and 11.8 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

As of the census of 2013, the median income for a household in the CDP was $159,530, and the median income for a family was $189,163. The per capita income for the CDP was $92,750. 1.3 percent of the population and 0.0 percent of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 0.0 percent of those under the age of 18 and 3.9 percent of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Historic sites

The Smith Tavern, a historical site and landmark of the Revolutionary War, is located in Armonk and is the home of the North Castle Historical Society. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the Bedford Road Historic District. The Witthoefft House was added to the National Register in 2011.

Annual events

Armonk is host to several annual events. The Armonk Outdoor Art Show is a fine art and crafts juried show sponsored by Friends of the North Castle Public Library ("the Friends") where approximately 200 artists gather at Community Park to show and sell their work. The event involves local volunteers with the proceeds from the show benefiting the North Castle Public Library and its Whippoorwill Hall performance auditorium. One week before the Art Show, the Armonk Chamber of Commerce sponsors the "Jamie's 5K Run For Love" run/walk road race. The proceeds from this event also go to the library with a portion reserved specifically for children's programs. The Friends also sponsors the Armonk Players, a community theater group that stages two full productions and several readings each year at Whippoorwill Hall.

In addition, the Armonk chapter of the Lions Club sponsors a Fol-De-Rol, held during either the first or second weekend in June. The four-day event takes place in Wampus Brook Park and by Wampus Elementary School. It draws local businesses and artisans to set up tents and sell their merchandise. In addition, local restaurants set up tents to sell food and there are rides and midway games for children. Local student and professional music groups play in the gazebo to entertain the crowds.

Armonk also holds a community-wide Relay For Life during the first weekend in May. The event is sponsored locally by the Byram Hills chapter of Youth Against Cancer.

The latest Armonk tradition is Frosty Day. A parade goes down Main Street onto Bedford Road, past the "Village Square" mentioned in the song "Frosty the Snowman" to Wampus Brook Park for a gala holiday lighting ceremony. Steve Nelson, the song's lyricist, was a frequent visitor to Armonk after World War II from his home in nearby White Plains. In 1950, he wrote the song's lyrics which he put to Walter E. Rollins' music; it was the same year that he was looking for land in Armonk on which to build his new home.

Economy

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IBM headquarters entrance sign

IBM has its world headquarters in Armonk. In addition, M. E. Sharpe also has its headquarters in Armonk. The second-largest reinsurance company in the world, Swiss Re, has had its U.S. headquarters in Armonk since 1999. It was expanded in 2004, and has more than 1,200 employees. The 127-acre site overlooks Westchester County's Kensico Reservoir. The Indian information technology giant Wipro also hosts its headquarters here.

Education

The Byram Hills Central School District serves North Castle, New Castle, Mount Pleasant, and Bedford. All of the schools in the district are located in Armonk. The district has one high school, Byram Hills High School (for students in grades 9–12), one middle school, H. C. Crittenden Middle School (grades 6–8), and two primary schools, Wampus Elementary School (grades 3–5) and Coman Hill Elementary School (grades K–2). Before 2002, grade 5 was in Crittenden, grades 3 and 4 were in Coman Hill, and grades K through 2 were in Wampus. The Byram Hills district placed first at the 2006 National Academic Championship, and H.C. Crittenden is the winner of the National Blue Ribbon award.

Athletics at the high school have seen success in the lacrosse,soccer, track, basketball and baseball teams. In 2001 and 2006, the soccer team finished second in the state tournament for Class A. In 2007, the team won the first team state championship in school history.

The Byram Hills track team finished second among class B teams at the cross country state meet in the fall 2006 season. In the 2006–2007 indoor season, they finished fifth at the Nike indoor national meet in the 4×800 relay. In the spring 2007 season, they set Section One records in the 4×1600 relay and the distance medley relay. They placed third at the Nike Outdoor National meet, while on player finished second individually in the 2000m steeplechase. The team won eighteen All New York State honors and thirteen All America honors in two years. In 2011, the Byram Hills basketball team won the Section 1 title and lost in the state Final 4. In 2015, the Byram Hills baseball team captured the Class A State Championship. The 2015 Byram Hills Baseball team now joins the 2007 Soccer Team as the only two Byram Hills High School State Champions across almost 50 years of athletic history.

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of Armonk include:

  • Ernie Anastos, an Emmy Award-winning New York City television news anchor
  • Dave Barry, a humorist who grew up in Armonk
  • John Berman, co-host of CNN's New Day morning TV show
  • Jessica Boevers, a stage actress
  • David Boies, an attorney who represented Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore election case and currently lives in Armonk
  • Laura Branigan (1952–2004), a Grammy-nominated musician who grew up in Armonk and is a Byram Hills High School graduate (1970)
  • Eddie Cahill, an actor who is a Byram Hills High School graduate
  • Pearl Chertok, a harpist
  • Johnny Depp, an actor and musician who has a summer house in Armonk
  • Peter Gallagher, an actor who was raised in Armonk
  • David Harbour, an actor from Stranger Things who attended Byram Hills High School
  • Reed Kessler, a 2012 Team USA Olympian in the equestrian jumping event, was born in Armonk
  • Tom Kitt, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal, was raised in Armonk
  • Ted Nierenberg (1923–2009) the founder of Dansk International Designs and started the company in the garage of his Great Neck home
  • Gregory Ryan, winner of the Gold Pencil award
  • Renata Scotto, an opera soprano
  • Howard Stern, host of the Howard Stern Show, lived here before he went on to become the world's biggest radio personality from 1990 to 2010
  • Tom Virtue, an actor who is a Byram Hills High School graduate
  • Bernie Williams, a former New York Yankees baseball player
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