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West Point Local Community

Located in the scenic Hudson River valley of Orange County, West Point is located only 50 miles from New York City.

Fast facts about living here:

Cost of Living: Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown Metro Area, NY cost of living is 25%, higher than the U.S. average.

Population: The West Point student body numbers 4,594. In addition to the Corps of Cadets, West Point is home to 1,785 active duty soldiers and 2,790 family members. Supporting the mission of the Academy is a civilian workforce of 2,750 personnel.

Area Population: Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metro: 670,301

The Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is the 10-county region that comprises the valley of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities in New York State, from the cities of Albany and Troy southward to Yonkers in Westchester County. The valley is divided into three regions: lower, middle and upper. West Point falls into the middle region of the area.

The Hudson Valley contains breathtaking scenery, restorations and monuments highlighting our nation’s early history. There are stately mansions and a variety of leisure and sporting opportunities. The combination of beauty, history and recreation in the Hudson Valley makes these surroundings unique in America.

The Hudson Valley has something for everyone. Trails in the Catskill Mountains provide for both hiking and skiing. Excellent fishing and boating in our surrounding lakes and rivers offer plenty of excitement for outdoors enthusiasts, including white-water kayaking. The Hudson Highlands, West Point, the Franklin D. Roosevelt home and library, Revolutionary War battlefields, and the historic Catskill Mountain Region are among the attractions that make this area world famous.

New York City, one of the world's greatest cities, is just a 45-minute drive from West Point. The variety of opportunities to enjoy – Broadway shows, comedy venues, museums, professional sports competitions and world-class dining – make New York City one of the entertainment capitals of the world.

Orange County

Orange is the only county in New York State located between two rivers, the Hudson on the east, and the Delaware on the west. At one time, the Delaware and Hudson Canal connected them. A section of the Delaware and Hudson can still be seen in Cuddebackville along with a museum housing canal artifacts and history. According to the U.S. Census, the estimated population for Orange County in 2014 was approximately 376,000.

Some of the county’s major attractions include the historic West Point Cemetery; Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh; the home and birthplace of Velveeta and Liederkranz Cheese in Monroe; the Orange County Fair, the haunted history tour and the largest outdoor sculpture park in the U.S. Orange County offers an array of recreation options from amusement parks and bicycling to walking trails and a zoo. There are also farmers markets, antiquing and discounted high-end shopping, such as Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, the largest collection of designer outlets in the U.S. Orange County was the first wine producing area in the U.S. and features the oldest winery in the country, Brotherhood Winery, as well as many other wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries.

In addition, there are historic homes dating back to the 1700s, various smaller museums and historical markers can be found throughout the city. For more information on areas of local interest, call the Orange County Department of Tourism at 845-291-4000 or visit www.orangecountygov.com.

The Village of Highland Falls

The Village of Highland Falls, New York, is approximately 50 miles north of New York City. Its proximity, just outside the gates of the United States Military Academy, makes it the historic gateway to West Point and a prime location for tourism. The village was established in 1906 and is blessed with many historic homes, buildings and churches located in the district. The downtown area has many historic shops and quaint eateries. Highland Falls hosts several events throughout the year. The Fourth of July festivities draws thousands of people. It is a fun-filled two-day celebration with bed races, a 5K race, a parade and fireworks. The annual Fall Foliage Festival is one of the best in the Hudson Valley, drawing in more than 100 vendors, music and street entertainment. Visit www.highlandfallsny.org for more information.

The Town of Highlands

The Town of Highlands was originally part of the Town of Cornwall. In 1873, at the first local meeting, the two towns agreed to become separate bodies. The village was known as Buttermilk Falls until the late 1800s and was incorporated officially in 1906. The Town of Highlands is comprised of the Village of Highland Falls and Hamlet of Fort Montgomery, Bear Mountain State Park and historic West Point. It is on the west bank of the Hudson River just north of Bear Mountain State Park and just south of the USMA. As of the 2010 census, the population was approximately 12,500 in a total area of 33.47 square miles.

To the south of the town lies Bear Mountain Park. The park features a large playing field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords impressive views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park.

For more information, contact the Town of Highlands at 845-446-4280 or visit www.highlands-ny.gov.

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