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Red Hook, New York
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Flag of Red Hook, New York
Official seal of Red Hook, New York
Location of Red Hook, New York
Location of Red Hook, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Dutchess
Established 1812
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 40.04 sq mi (103.70 km2)
 • Land 36.17 sq mi (93.68 km2)
 • Water 3.87 sq mi (10.03 km2)
203 ft (62 m)
 • Total 9,953
 • Density 248.57/sq mi (95.97/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
12504, 12507, 12571
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-027-60905
GNIS feature ID 0979411

Red Hook is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 9,953 at the time of the 2020 census, down from 11,319 in 2010. The name is supposedly derived from the red foliage on trees on a small strip of land on the Hudson River. The town contains two villages, Red Hook and Tivoli. The town is in the northwest part of Dutchess County.

The town also contains two hamlets. Bard College is in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson. The Unification Theological Seminary is in the hamlet of Barrytown. Both hamlets are located within the Hudson River Historic District.


The region was settled in the late 17th century under the Schuyler Patent. Prior to 1812, Red Hook was part of the town of Rhinebeck. Because Rhinebeck, as well other towns, had populations over 5,000 residents, the state legislature authorized the separation of these two precincts on June 12 to accommodate and encourage public attendance at town meetings via horseback or carriage. The first documented Town of Red Hook meeting was on April 6, 1813, in a local inn and held yearly afterwards as required by law. Wealthy landowning farmers oversaw the maintenance of their assigned roads with the help of their farm workers and neighbors. The Red Hook Society for the Apprehension and Detention of Horse Thieves is thought to be one of the oldest formal organizations in the state and still holds an annual meeting.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.0 square miles (103.7 km2), of which 36.2 square miles (93.7 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10.0 km2), or 9.67%, is water.

The north town line is the border of Columbia County. The west town line is the border of Ulster County and is defined by center of the Hudson River.

Demographics (2010)

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,714
1830 2,983 9.9%
1840 2,829 −5.2%
1850 3,264 15.4%
1860 3,964 21.4%
1870 4,350 9.7%
1880 4,471 2.8%
1890 4,388 −1.9%
1900 3,895 −11.2%
1910 3,705 −4.9%
1920 3,218 −13.1%
1930 3,404 5.8%
1940 3,405 0.0%
1950 4,219 23.9%
1960 6,023 42.8%
1970 7,548 25.3%
1980 8,351 10.6%
1990 9,565 14.5%
2000 10,408 8.8%
2010 11,319 8.8%
2016 (est.) 11,181 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,149 people, 3,851 households, and 2,473 families residing in the town. The population density was 283.6 people per square mile (109.5/km2). There were 3,851 housing units at an average density of 104.6 per square mile (40.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.1% white, 1.44% African American, .50% Native American, 3.3% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, .65% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.

There were 3,851 households. 18.4% were children under the age of 18, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. Of all households 23.4% were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.4% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89 males. The percentage of female persons was 51.3%.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,701, and the median income for a family was $57,950. Males had a median income of $42,099 versus $26,694 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,410. About 5.0% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Red Hook

Red Hook, NY, town hall
Town hall
  • Annandale-on-Hudson: A hamlet in the northwest part of the town by the Hudson River. Because this community does not have a well-developed business district, students of Bard College often use the Villages of Tivoli and downtown Red Hook as "college towns."
  • Barrytown: A hamlet south of Annandale-on-Hudson. The north junction of NY 9G and NY 199 is known as Barrytown Corners.
  • Cokertown: A hamlet in the northeast part of the town, located on County Route 56.
  • College Park: A housing development east of Bard College.
  • Forest Park: A housing development in the south part of the town.
  • Fraleighs: A hamlet in the eastern part of the town.
  • Kerleys Corners: A hamlet near the north town line at the junction of US 9 and County Route 78.
  • Linden Acres: A housing development northwest of Red Hook village.
  • Red Hook: The Village of Red Hook.
  • Red Hook Mills: A hamlet north of Red Hook village.
  • Spring Lakes: A small hamlet along County Route 55.
  • Tivoli: The Village of Tivoli is in the northwest part of the town by the Hudson River. The West side of NY 9G is Tivoli, while the east is still considered the town of Red Hook.
  • Upper Red Hook: A hamlet north of Red Hook village.



Sky Park Airport is a public use general aviation facility located two nautical miles (4 km) east of Red Hook's central business district (Broadway-US 9 and Market Street -NY 199). Sky Park Airport is no longer in service.


U.S Route 9 runs north-south through Red Hook. New York State Route 9G passes north-south through villages in that are adjacent to the Hudson River. New York State Route 199 runs east-west through the town, and it passes west over the Hudson River towards Kingston, New York.


Until 1956, as many as three New York Central Railroad trains a day from Albany to New York City made stops at Barrytown's depot (in the hamlet on the side of the Hudson River, south of Bard College). As many as four north-bound trains a day, including the Delaware & Hudson's Laurentian, made stops at Barrytown. By 1960, the depot fell from the NYC's passenger schedules as a station stop.


The town of Red Hook has its own school district (which also includes part of the neighboring towns of Milan and Livingston). Over 700 students are enrolled in the high school. Enrollment in the elementary and middle schools is growing each year. Grades pre-kindergarten to five attend the Mill Road Elementary School, grades 6–8 attend the Linden Avenue Middle School, and grades 9–12 attend the Red Hook High School.

In sports, Red Hook High School is ranked Class A in soccer, basketball, softball and baseball as well as Class B in all other sports. It is located in the Section 9 district. In 2006, Red Hook's varsity volleyball team won the Mid-Hudson Athletic League, and Section IX championships. That same year, the team participated in the NYSPHSAA state championships, finishing in third place in the class B division. In 2007, the team were once again Mid-Hudson Athletic League champions and Section IX champions, this time finishing in second at the NYSPHAA state championships. In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 the Red Hook Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team won the Section IX Championship six times in a row, earning six titles in seven years, since the program's creation. However, the school is primarily known for its basketball program and has consistently won sectional titles and contended for state championships. In addition, the Red Hook Robotics Team (FIRST Tech Challenge Team 6567 Red Hook RoboRaiders) has existed since 2012 and recently competed at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO in May 2017. Red Hook High School was ranked at #280 among the thousands of high schools across the country by Newsweek. Over 80% of its graduates go on to two and four year colleges.

School Grades
Mill Road Elementary School K to 5th
Linden Avenue Middle School 6th to 8th
Red Hook High School 9th to 12th

Bard College (nee St. Stephen's College), established, 1860, is a private college in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson with undergraduate and graduate programs.

Notable people

Joseph G. Masten
  • Hannah Arendt, philosopher and author
  • Egbert Benson, first New York Attorney General
  • Lewis Combs, admiral
  • Jon Dalzell, American-Israeli basketball player
  • Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
  • Louis Diaz, undercover DEA agent and actor
  • Stephen Hickman, artist
  • Gary Hill, video artist
  • Samantha Hunt, writer
  • George E. Jonas, industrialist and founder of Camp Rising Sun, an international scholarship summer leadership program
  • Robert Kelly, poet
  • Alison Knowles, artist active in the Fluxus movement
  • Charlotte Mandell, literary translator
  • Brice Marden, noted abstract painter and printmaker
  • Joseph G. Masten, mayor of Buffalo, 1843–1844 and 1845–1846
  • John Morris, film and TV composer.
  • Peter Serkin, classical pianist.
  • Robert Sheckley, science fiction writer
  • William B. Sheldon, Wisconsin territorial legislator and lawyer
  • Gore Vidal, writer and public intellectual
  • Kyle Murphy, professional soccer player

See also

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