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New Lebanon, New York

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New Lebanon is a town located in Columbia County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,454.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 93.2 km² (36.0 mi²). 93.0 km² (35.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.22% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,454 people, 983 households, and 651 families residing in the town. The population density is 26.4/km² (68.4/mi²). There are 1,201 housing units at an average density of 12.9/km² (33.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 95.52% White, 1.26% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 983 households out of which 30.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% are married couples living together, 10.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% are non-families. 26.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.87.

In the town the population is spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $44,805, and the median income for a family is $50,417. Males have a median income of $34,524 versus $30,590 for females. The per capita income for the town is $20,529. 9.0% of the population and 6.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

History

New Lebanon was home to an early settlement of Shakers. Some of the surviving buildings are home to the Darrow School. Others have been converted into a Sufi retreat center called the Abode of the Message. The latter is the residence of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.

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