Columbia County is a county in New York State—just east of the Hudson River—which includes the towns of Hudson, Kinderhook, Hillsdale, and New Lebanon, among others. It has a population of just under 60,000, and an area of about 648 square miles. Columbia County is named for Christopher Columbus, and its origins date back to 1786, just after the Revolutionary War.
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Columbia County consists largely of adult professionals with families. The median age is around 48, and about 17% of the population is under 18. The area is about 86% white, 5% African American, 5% Latino, 2% Asian, and 0.3% Native American. The median income is about $33,000 for individuals, and $66,700 for households. The median home price is $395,000, or $217 per square foot. Find homes in Columbia County by city.
Columbia County has a number of great schools and school districts. Walter B. Howard Elementary (in New Lebanon) educates children up to 6 th grade, and strives for high academic achievement for their students. They have a Science Club, Drama Club, and Board Game Club, among others.
Germantown Central High School provides junior and senior high students with the resources and opportunities to become productive and successful members of the global community. The Germantown Clippers Athletics Department includes Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Cheerleading, and more.
And Ichabod Crane High School (in Valatie) includes a literary magazine, model U.N., National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity club, and Headless Horseman Cinema Club. These are just a few of the great schools in Columbia County where your children can learn and develop.
There are a variety of great jobs in Columbia County. The biggest industries in the area are healthcare, social services, educational services, and retail. The highest paying industries include enterprise management, utilities, and public administration. Other major sources of employment include office jobs, manufacturing jobs, warehouse jobs, and more.
There's always plenty going on in Columbia County. The 510 Warren Street Gallery showcases new and contemporary art from local artists. The Ancram Opera House is a performing arts center that hosts plays, concerts, and more.
For the outdoor types, the Catamount Mountain Resort—in Hillsdale—is great for skiing, zip lining, and a variety of other activities throughout the year. They also offer concerts in the summer. The High Falls Conservation Area in Hudson Valley includes hiking trails and an amazing waterfall.
There are also a number of great restaurants in the area. Places like Fish & Game, Red Barn Hudson, and Helsinki Hudson are great for meat and seafood. Bartlett House and Local 111 are terrific brunch spots. You'll also find everything from bakeries to barbecues to cafes to Italian bistros, and more—plus plenty of great bars and pubs, as well. This is just a sample of all there is to see and do in Columbia County. You can have a great time exploring all the different sights and activities.
Do you want to know about what Columbia County has to offer you and your family? Contact us to see just how great the area is, and let us help you make this part of Upstate New York your new home.