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Monsey, New York
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York
Monsey, New York is located in New York
Monsey, New York
Monsey, New York
Location in New York
Monsey, New York is located in the United States
Monsey, New York
Monsey, New York
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New York
County Rockland
 • Total 5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
 • Land 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
 • Water 0.1 km2 (0.0 sq mi)
167 m (548 ft)
 • Total 26,954
 • Density 4,650/km2 (12,250/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-48010
GNIS feature ID 0957535
NWS SAME code 036087

Monsey ( Yiddish: מאנסי, romanized: Monsi) is a hamlet and census-designated place in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States, located north of Airmont, east of Viola, south of New Hempstead, and west of Spring Valley. The village of Kaser is surrounded by the hamlet of Monsey. The 2020 census listed the population at 26,954.

The hamlet has a large, and growing, community of Orthodox Jews.


Monsey Map 1859 Photo
Map 1859
Historic Monsey Cemetery Sign
Historic Monsey Cemetery
Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 8,797
1980 12,380 40.7%
1990 13,986 13.0%
2000 14,504 3.7%
2010 18,412 26.9%

Rockland County was inhabited by the Munsee band of Lenape Native Americans, who were speakers of the Algonquian languages. Monsey Glen, an Indian encampment, is located west of the intersection of State Route 59 and State Route 306. Numerous artifacts have been found there and some rock shelters are still visible. The Monsey railroad station, which received its name from an alternate spelling of the Munsee Lenape, was built when the New York & Erie Railroad passed through the glen in 1841.

In the 1950s, Monsey was a one stoplight town with a single yeshiva. By 1997, Monsey had 112 synagogues and 45 yeshivas.

Located near Monsey is the Houser-Conklin House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

See Also Ramapo people


Monsey is located at 41°7′10″N 74°3′57″W / 41.11944°N 74.06583°W / 41.11944; -74.06583 .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.90%) is water.


Monsey Map 1859 Photo
Map 1859
Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 8,797
1980 12,380 40.7%
1990 13,986 13.0%
2000 14,504 3.7%
2010 18,412 26.9%
2020 26,954 46.4%

As of the census of 2017, there were 22,043 people, 3,984 households, and 2,596 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,554.3 per square mile (2,533.9/km2). There were 4,244 housing units at an average density of 1,400.0/sq mi (541.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.8% White, 3.0% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.86% of the population. 43.98% speak English at home, 41.48% Yiddish, 6.88% Hebrew, 2.69% French or a French creole, 1.85% Spanish, and 1.24% Russian.

There were 2,981 households, out of which 58.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.0% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.9% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.74 and the average family size was 5.16. In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 48.6% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 18.2% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 19 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.6 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $45,194, and the median income for a family was $45,911. Males had a median income of $41,606 versus $33,576 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,000. About 25.4% of families and 30.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.8% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Jewish community

Monsey is a major center of Orthodox Judaism in the United States, along with Kiryas Joel, Kaser, Spring Valley, and New Square. It is the largest center of Hasidic Judaism in the United States outside of New York City, with approximately 5,400 households (4.2% of the world's Hasidic population). The migration to Monsey began in the late 1940s when New York City's Orthodox Jews were seeking affordable real estate for their quickly growing communities. These spaces offered the possibility of moving en masse and establishing enclaves where they could lead lives based on halakha (Jewish religious law) without coming into regular conflict with their non-Orthodox neighbors. This represented a major, distinct suburban demographic shift for these communities. Major Hasidic sects represented in Monsey include Satmar, Vizhnitz Monsey, and Belz, with the Rebbes of Berditchev, Lizensk, Lizensk (Rokeah), Nikolsburg, Sambor Yerushalayim-Monsey, Sassov, Shinave, Spinka Monsey, Stanislov, and Vizhnitz Monsey sects being resident in the community.

On December 28, 2019, Monsey was the site of a mass stabbing in the home of a Hasidic rebbe of the Koson sect who was hosting a Hanukkah party, leaving four injured and one fatality.

Places of Interest

  • Houser-Conklin House - (NRHP)
  • The Monsey Church: New Hope Christian Church
  • Ohr Somayach, Monsey

Botbyl, Helyne R. (1968). The Patriarch of Monsey. The Museum of Spring Valley and Countryside.

Notable people

  • Julia Haart (born 1971), fashion designer and entrepreneur
  • Steven Hill (died 2016), actor, Mission: Impossible, Law & Order
  • Yosef Mizrachi (born 1968), kiruv rabbi
  • Michael Rogers, publisher, journalist, fundraiser, activist
  • Mordechai Shapiro (born 1990), singer
  • Tovia Singer (born 1960), counter-missionary radio host, author and speaker
  • Andrew Carpenter Wheeler (1835–1903), prominent theatrical reviewer, editor, author

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