Thompson, New York

Thompson, New York

Town hall on Route 42, 2013
Thompson, New York

Location within the state of New York

Coordinates: 41°38′58″N 74°40′21″W / 41.64944°N 74.67250°W / 41.64944; -74.67250
Country United States
State New York
County Sullivan
  Total 87.4 sq mi (226.3 km2)
  Land 84.1 sq mi (217.8 km2)
  Water 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
Elevation 1,476 ft (450 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 15,308
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-73627
GNIS feature ID 0979543

Thompson is a town in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 15,308 at the 2010 census. The town is named after William Thompson, an early settler.

The Town of Thompson is in the southeast part of the county. Sullivan County Community College is located nearby in Loch Sheldrake, an unincorporated hamlet in the adjacent Town of Fallsburg.


The town was first settled in 1749. The town was established in 1803 from the Town of Mamakating. Part of the town was taken to form the Town of Fallsburg in 1826.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 87.4 square miles (226 km2), of which, 84.1 square miles (218 km2) of it is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) of it (3.77%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201415,066[1]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 14,189 people, 5,543 households, and 3,481 families residing in the town. The population density was 168.7 people per square mile (65.1/km²). There were 9,258 housing units at an average density of 110.1 per square mile (42.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.70% White, 16.94% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.64% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.56% of the population.

There were 5,543 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,511, and the median income for a family was $41,043. Males had a median income of $37,759 versus $26,692 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,668. About 18.3% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.9% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Thompson


  1. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  2. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

Coordinates: 41°38′11″N 74°40′21″W / 41.63639°N 74.67250°W / 41.63639; -74.67250

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