Land area: 79.6 sq. mi. Water area: 1.1 sq.mi. Founded: 1807 Population in 2014: 4,200 (97% urban, 3% rural) Population density: 1754 people per square mile. County seat: Monticello. Colleges and Universities: Orange County Community College, Ulster County Community College, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi, State University of New York at New Paltz, Culinary Institute of America, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College
Liberty is a town in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 9,885 at the 2010 census. The Town of Liberty contains a village also named Liberty. The village is bisected by state route 52 and 55, and is crossed by New York State Route 17. The town of Liberty was created from the Town of Lumberland in 1807 and became the fourth town in the county. The town of Callicoon was taken off, and a part of the Town of Thompson added in 1842, and a part of the Town of Rockland added in 1849. The first permanent white settlement was made by Eleazer Larabee from Stonington, CT, who came to Liberty from the Town of Neversink in 1794. Larabee constructed the first sawmill in the town, located at the outlet of Brodhead Pond (now Revonah Lake), where the initial settlement, known as the Blue Mountain Settlement, in the town was located. Subsequent settlements were in the present Village of Liberty, in Liberty Falls (now the hamlet of Ferndale), the hamlet of Parksville, the hamlet of Stevensville (now Swan Lake) and the hamlet of Robertsonville (now White Sulphur Springs). The Town of Liberty furnished 303 men for the army during the Civil War.Liberty was amongst the many towns to benefit from the boom in Sullivan County hotels during the 1950s. After many of the hotels left, the town was left without a stable economic footing, and has since suffered from lack of jobs.
There are n/a airports and n/a Amtrak train stations within 30 miles of the Liberty city center. The average travel time to work in Liberty is 12% lower than the national average. The number of people who take public transportation in Liberty is 85% lower than the national average. The number of people who carpool to work in Liberty is 95% higher than the national average. The number of people who work from home in Liberty is 75% lower than the national average.
83.70% White 9.19% Black or African American 0.37% Native American 1.43% Asian 0.01% Pacific Islander 3.76% from other races 1.54% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.90% of the population.
Median resident age: 38.3 years New York median age: 38.2 years
Average household size:
Liberty: 2.4 people New York: 2.6 people
Estimated median household income in 2013:
Liberty: $26,230 (it was $27,903 in 2000) New York: $57,369
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013:
Liberty: $135,706 (it was $77,200 in 2000) New York: $277,600 Median gross rent in 2013: $1,063.
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 71.9. This is about average. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 2.02. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.3 miles away from the city center. Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.8 miles away from the city center. Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.19. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 3.0 miles away from the city center.
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here: 5.3% New York: 4.8%
The overall crime rate in Liberty is 87% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 15.15 daily crimes that occur in Liberty. Liberty is safer than 11% of the cities in the United States. In Liberty you have a 1 in 19 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Liberty has increased by 4%.