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Union Vale, New York
Sprout Creek in Verbank
Sprout Creek in Verbank
Official seal of Union Vale, New York
Location of Union Vale, New York
Location of Union Vale, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Dutchess
Established 1827
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 37.8 sq mi (97.9 km2)
 • Land 37.5 sq mi (97.1 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
495 ft (151 m)
 • Total 4,877
 • Density 130/sq mi (50.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 36-76166
GNIS feature ID 0979573

Union Vale is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 4,877 at the 2010 census.

The town is in the south-central part of the county. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The town is 15 miles (24 km) east of the city of Poughkeepsie and 70 miles (110 km) north of New York City.


The region was originally part of the Beekman Patent. The town was first settled around 1716, and was formed in 1827 from the towns of Beekman and LaGrange.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Union Vale has a total area of 37.8 square miles (97.9 km2), of which 37.5 square miles (97.1 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.8 km2), or 0.86%, is water. The highest point is atop Clove Mountain, at 1,400 feet (430 m) above sea level.

New York State Route 55 runs through the southwestern part of the town.

Sky Acres Airport, a general aviation facility, is located in the northwestern part of the town.

Parks and recreation

Union Vale has two town parks, Tymor Park and Frederick E. Godfrey Memorial Park.

The larger park is Tymor Park which is nearly 500 acres (2.0 km2) and is the largest municipal park in the state of New York. of hiking/biking/equestrian trails.

Frederick E. Godfrey Memorial Park (Godfrey Park) is 12 acres (49,000 m2) and includes hiking trails, a playground, basketball court, volleyball court, restrooms, and a baseball/softball field.

There is a private golf course, The Links at Union Vale, on the western side of the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,833
1840 1,498 −18.3%
1850 1,552 3.6%
1860 1,502 −3.2%
1870 1,434 −4.5%
1880 1,407 −1.9%
1890 1,033 −26.6%
1900 945 −8.5%
1910 1,097 16.1%
1920 987 −10.0%
1930 1,025 3.9%
1940 1,056 3.0%
1950 970 −8.1%
1960 1,138 17.3%
1970 1,702 49.6%
1980 2,658 56.2%
1990 3,577 34.6%
2000 4,546 27.1%
2010 4,877 7.3%
Est. 2014 4,849 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,546 people, 1,359 households, and 1,141 families residing in the town. The population density was 120.6 people per square mile (46.6/km²). There were 1,464 housing units at an average density of 38.8 per square mile (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.24% White, 2.35% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.43% of the population.

There were 1,359 households out of which 47.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.9% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $70,500, and the median income for a family was $72,697. Males had a median income of $51,382 versus $29,643 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,535. About 0.8% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Union Vale

  • Camby – A location in the northeast part of the town.
  • Chestnut Ridge – A location at the east town line.
  • Clove – A hamlet near the town center.
  • Clove Mountain – An elevation west of Clove village.
  • Crouses Store – A location in the southwest part of the town.
  • Lagrangeville– A hamlet in the southwestern corner of the town that Union Vale shares with the towns of LaGrange and Beekman.
  • Hoxie Corner – A location southwest of Verbank.
  • North Clove – A location northeast of Clove.
  • Pleasant Ridge – A location in the southeast part of the town.
  • Verbank – A hamlet near the north town line.
  • Verbank Village – A hamlet west of Verbank.


Oswego is a former hamlet, later a ghost town, in the northwestern part of the town, north of Lagrangeville and south of Verbank, now part of the hamlet of Moores Mills, shared with the town of LaGrange. It is located directly southeast of Sky Acres airport. A historic marker set by the state government marks the spot of the former hamlet. The Oswego Meeting House and Friends' Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

This ghost town is not to be confused with the city in the northern part of the state, also named Oswego, New York.

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