Elmsford, New York

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Elmsford, New York
Village
Location of Elmsford, New York
Location of Elmsford, New York
Coordinates: 41°3′14″N 73°48′57″W / 41.05389°N 73.81583°W / 41.05389; -73.81583
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyWestchester
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation177 ft (54 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total4,664
 • Density4,200/sq mi (1,700/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code10523
Area code(s)914
FIPS code36-24295
GNIS feature ID0949586
Websitehttp://www.elmsfordny.org
 
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Elmsford, New York
Village
Location of Elmsford, New York
Location of Elmsford, New York
Coordinates: 41°3′14″N 73°48′57″W / 41.05389°N 73.81583°W / 41.05389; -73.81583
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyWestchester
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation177 ft (54 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total4,664
 • Density4,200/sq mi (1,700/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code10523
Area code(s)914
FIPS code36-24295
GNIS feature ID0949586
Websitehttp://www.elmsfordny.org

Elmsford is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. Roughly one mile square, the village is fully contained within the borders of the town of Greenburgh. As of the 2010 census, the population of Elmsford was 4,664.[1]

History[edit]

Elmsford was largely farmland throughout its early history. The construction of railroads in the late 19th century brought new prominence to the area, and in 1910 it was incorporated as a village.

The area was known from colonial times as "Storm's Bridge" and later, "Hall's Corners", names derived from the principal landowners of the times. In 1870, the growing village was officially renamed "Elmsford" in honor of a local landmark, a giant elm tree (since deceased). The names Elmsford and Storm's Bridge are reminders of the nearby Saw Mill River, which once had significant tributaries flowing through the village.

Revolutionary War hero Isaac Van Wart is buried at the colonial-era cemetery of the Dutch Reformed Church (Rte. 9A). In 1780, Van Wart and fellow militiamen John Paulding and David Williams captured the British spy Major John André, a crucial informant to Benedict Arnold. The village still has streets named for each of the three patriots.

A longstanding legend holds that Elmsford is the birthplace of the term "cocktail". According to the tale, a local colonial tavern (sometimes said to be established by town father Isaac Storm) had run out of wooden stirrers during the war and started using the quills of roosters' tailfeathers to stir their drinks; a more embellished version holds that the roosters were plundered from nearby Tory farmers.

The Elmsford Reformed Church and Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[2]

Geography[edit]

Elmsford is located at 41°3′14″N 73°48′57″W / 41.05389°N 73.81583°W / 41.05389; -73.81583 (41.053963, -73.815711).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.

Features[edit]

Elmsford's road system connects to numerous major highways and thoroughfares, including Interstate 287, the Saw Mill River Parkway, and Route 9A; the North County Trailway and South County Trailway bicycle paths terminate there. Convenient to White Plains, Yonkers, New York City, and Connecticut, the village is a significant center of commercial traffic and distribution. It is home to the large Local 456 of the Teamsters union.

The village's public schools are run by the Elmsford Board of Education and include Dixon Primary, Alice E. Grady Elementary and Alexander Hamilton Junior/Senior High School. The village is also home to the private Roman Catholic elementary school Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which is affiliated with the Catholic parish of the same name and which was established in 1929.

Dedicated in 1996, Carol Nichols Park has facilities for baseball, softball, basketball and tennis as well as a "kiddie park" for small children. It has been praised as one of the safest parks in Westchester County.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2009, there were 4,769[5] people, 1,674 households, and 1,156 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,266.7 people per square mile (1,641.3/km²). There were 1,738 housing units at an average density of 1,585.9 per square mile (610.0/km²).

There were 1,674 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.28.

The village population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 38.8% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The racial makeup of the village was 55.80% White, 20.30% African American, 0.75% Native American, 9.07% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.28% from other races, and 5.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.29% of the population.

The median income for a household in the village was $61,685, and the median income for a family was $71,630. Males had a median income of $42,500 versus $38,583 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,791. About 6.7% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.9% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 41°03′18″N 73°49′12″W / 41.05500°N 73.82000°W / 41.05500; -73.82000