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Orangeburg, New York
Census-designated place
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York.
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Rockland
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,568
 • Density 1,474/sq mi (571/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 10962
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-55167
GNIS feature ID 0959432

Orangeburg is a hamlet and census-designated place, in the town of Orangetown, Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Tappan, south of Blauvelt, east of Pearl River, and west of Piermont. The population was 4,568 at the 2010 census.


Orangeburg is located at 41°2′41″N 73°57′12″W / 41.04472°N 73.95333°W / 41.04472; -73.95333 (41.044796, -73.953404).


Camp shanks ny
Camp Shanks Memorial in Orangeburg, NY

Orangeburg was home to Camp Shanks, known as "Last Stop USA," the largest World War II Army embarkation camp. 1.3 million US service personnel en route to Europe were processed at a sprawling camp that covered most of the town. The hamlet is also home to what was once one of the world's largest psychiatric hospitals, Rockland Psychiatric Center, formerly called Rockland State Hospital. Orangeburg pipe was once manufactured here. Before plastic pipes, it was the standard alternative to metal pipes, especially for sewer and outdoor drainage applications.

After World War II, even through it lies only 19 miles (31 km) north of New York City, Orangeburg was a very rural place with few residents, many of whom lived quite modestly in former soldiers' housing. That lasted until the late 1950s when developers introduced modern suburban housing to young couples who saw them as a great alternative to city living. Today, Orangeburg is a suburb of New York City with housing values that belie its modest past.


As of the census of 2010, there were 4,568 people, 1,531 households, and 840 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,473.5 per square mile (571/km²). There were 1,564 housing units at an average density of 504.5/sq mi (195.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.3% White, 4.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 13.2% Asian, 3.2% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.9% of the population.

There were 1,531 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% were non-families. 42.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the community, the population was spread out with 25.4% age 19 or under, 10.1% from 20 to 24, 15.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 27.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 73.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.4 males.

The median income for a household in the area is an estimated $70,859, and the median income for a family was $128,342. Males had a median income of $50,724 versus $31,477 for females. The average home or condo value in 2009 is $463,300 About 10.73% of families and 27.00% of the population were below the poverty line.

Tallest Buildings in Rockland County

Blue Hill Plaza

Orangeburg features some of the tallest buildings in Rockland County, including

  • Blue Hill Plaza
  • Rockland Psychiatric Center

Historical markers

The Orangeburg Inn as seen in 1907
  • Clausland Cemetery - Greenbush Road at Mountain Avenue
  • Colonial Orangetown - Orangeburg and Hunt roads
  • Michael Salyer (March 8, 1757 - April 9, 1810) House - 213 Blue Hill Road
  • Shanks Village - 26 Orangeburg Road
  • Veterans Memorial Park

Landmarks and places of Interest

  • Camp Shanks Museum and Monument - Independence Avenue - During World War II over 1.3 million G.I.s were out-processed from Camp Shanks to Europe and North Africa. Italian and German POWs were housed and repatriated here. The camp is located at Independence Avenue and Lowe Lane off Western Highway. The museum is located on South Greenbush Road near the intersection of Routes 303 and 340 and is open on weekends.

Public transportation

Orangeburg can be reached from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on Coach USA Rockland Coaches bus route #20. The #20 bus travels through Orangeburg along Western Highway, where there are stops on Highview Avenue and Orangeburg Road. Additionally, Transport of Rockland (TOR) Bus #92 offers service to Artopee Way in Nyack and to the Spring Valley Transit Center, and TOR Bus #97 offers service from Orangeburg Road and New York State Route 303 to Oak Tree Road in Tappan and to the Park and Ride on Highway 9W in Stony Point.

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