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Lake Carmel, New York
Census-designated place
Location in Putnam County and the state of New York.
Location in Putnam County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Putnam
 • Total 5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 801 ft (244 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,282
 • Density 1,506/sq mi (579.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 10512
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-40398
GNIS feature ID 0954900

Lake Carmel is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in the town of Kent in Putnam County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,282.

The home of over half of the town of Kent's population, Lake Carmel is centered on the eponymous artificial lake, in the southeast corner of the township and just north of Carmel. Lake Carmel was developed in the 1920s and thereafter by the Smadbeck brothers, who excavated and dammed a swamp and sold lots through the now-defunct New York Daily Mirror. Lake Carmel is the seat of a volunteer fire district, Lake Carmel Fire Department, covering the eastern half of the township, and of the Kent town government.


Lake Carmel is located at 41°27′37″N 73°39′42″W / 41.46028°N 73.66167°W / 41.46028; -73.66167 (41.460268, -73.661663). According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 6.35%, is water.

The community is west of Interstate 84, accessed at Exit 18. Lake Carmel mail can be addressed to Carmel or Kent Lakes as well as Lake Carmel.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,663 people, 3,019 households, and 2,351 families residing in the region. The population density was 1,678.0 per square mile (648.2/km²). There were 3,167 housing units at an average density of 613.4/sq mi (237.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.96% White, 1.50% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.93% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.22% of the population.

There were 3,019 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the community, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the area was $70,678, and the median income for a family was $76,514. Males had a median income of $49,615 versus $37,292 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,253. About 3.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

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