Middletown, Orange County, New York
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Middletown is a city in Orange County, New York, USA. The population was 25,388 at the 2000 census. The "downtown" area of Middletown has suffered from the growth of a shopping strip and malls at the Eastern edge of town, near NYS Route 17 and Interstate 84. There are a number of abandoned and underutilized buildings downtown, although there is a bar scene and signs of a growing restaurant scene downtown. The downtown area has a number of historic churches, and Highland Avenue has a number of large Victorian houses. Many of these are occupied by medical doctors and their families, with a section devoted to the doctor's office. Some of the largest Victorians are now used as nursing homes. There are some prosperous neighborhoods, such as Presidential Heights, but there are many less prosperous neighborhoods.
Middletown grew up with the Erie Lackawanna railroad and attracted a number of employers, such as shoe, lawnmower blade, and furniture factories, but most of these businesses had closed by the 1960s. The closing of a large Ford Motor Company plant in Mahwah, New Jersey, and the downsizing of IBM operations in the area were a blow to the economy of Middletown and surrounding communities in the 1970s. However, quite a few New York City police officers, firefighters and other workers moved up to the area, especially beginning in the 1970s, to purchase houses that were much less expensive than those nearer the city. These long-distance commuters have helped bolster the economy of the area.
There are two malls (the largest is called Galleria at Crystal Run) and a long retail strip along Route 211 East. The city also has movie theaters, a local arts council, bowling alleys and good choices for hiking, biking, and country drives nearby. Middletown is also home to the annual Orange County Fair (in the summer) and the annual Rotary Club Horse Show at Fancher Davidge Park (in the fall).
Orange County Community College is located in Middletown, as is Horton Memorial Hospital and the Middletown Psychiatric Center. The local newspaper is called the Times Herald-Record, the first cold press offset daily in the country. The surrounding countryside is devoted partly to small dairy farms.
 Geography and transportation
Middletown is located at GR1.(41.445754, -74.422066)
Middletown can be reached from New York City by bus and is located near the intersection of Interstate 84 and NY 17 (the future Interstate 86). State routes 17M and 211 run right through the city, and US 6 parallels I-84 to the south.
The Middletown-Town of Walkill station on Metro-North Railroad's Port Jervis line is located nearby in the Town of Walkill, and provides rail service to Port Jervis, other communities in Orange and Rockland Counties and Bergen County, New Jersey, Hoboken and New York City via a transfer at Secaucus, New Jersey.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 25,388 people, 9,466 households, and 5,963 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,907.1/km² (4,939.5/mi²). There were 10,124 housing units at an average density of 760.5/km² (1,969.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.68% White, 15.13% African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.69% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.33% from other races, and 4.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.11% of the population.
There were 9,466 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,570, and the median income for a family was $47,760. Males had a median income of $35,990 versus $28,429 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,947. About 13.5% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
In the past 10 years the Middletown public school system has moved away from numerous neighborhood schools and combined more students into fewer Magnet schools. There are four elementary schools, each covering various grade levels from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Maple Hill Elementary is currently housing grades two through five. Truman Moon Elementary is currently Kindergarten and First Grade. Mechanicstown Elementary is grades two through five. Chorley Elementary houses Kindergarten and First grades. In 2005, the Middletown School District implemented a full day Kindergarten program at the request of the Middletown voters. There are two Middle schools in the District, Twin Towers Middle School and Monhagen Middle School. Middletown High School is the only building for High School grades nine through twelve. There are also a number of Catholic schools.
Middletown High School offers many programs in addition to the basic educational classes found in most schools. The Middletown High School has a large and active sports program including Football, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Track and Field, Soccer, Field Hockey, and various other athletic programs, as well as various other after school academic and social programs and activities. The High School also offers a Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
 Surrounding area
- Goshen, the county seat
- Slate Hill
- Pine Bush
- Port Jervis
- Town of Wallkill
 Communities and locations in and around Middletown
- Baileyville -- A hamlet near Howells.
- Crystal Run -- A hamlet south of Michigan Corners.
- Circleville -- A hamlet north of Scotchtown.
- East Middletown -- A village southeast of Middletown.
- Fair Oaks -- A hamlet north of Middletown.
- Howells -- A hamlet northwest of Middletown.
- Mechanicstown -- A hamlet south of Middletown.
- Michigan Corners -- A hamlet near Scotchtown east of Middletown.
- Middletown -- The City of Middletown borders the west side of the Town of Wallkill.
- Phillipsburg -- A hamlet southeast of Middletown on the Wallkill River.
- Pilgrim Corners -- A hamlet west of Middletown.
- Rockville -- A hamlet south of Circleville.
- Scotchtown -- A hamlet east of Middletown.
- Van Burenville -- A village to the northeast of town near Mount Hope.
- Washington Heights -- A hamlet northwest of Middletown.
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| Municipalities and Communities of Orange County, New York|
(County seat: Goshen)
|Cities||Middletown | Newburgh | Port Jervis|
|Villages||Chester | Cornwall-on-Hudson | Florida | Goshen | Greenwood Lake | Harriman | Highland Falls | Kiryas Joel | Maybrook | Monroe | Montgomery | Otisville | Tuxedo Park | Unionville | Walden | Warwick | Washingtonville | Woodbury|
|Towns||Blooming Grove | Chester | Cornwall | Crawford | Deerpark | Goshen | Greenville | Hamptonburgh | Highlands | Minisink | Monroe | Montgomery | Mount Hope | New Windsor | Newburgh | Tuxedo | Wallkill | Warwick | Wawayanda | Woodbury|
|Communities/CDPs||Arden | Balmville | Beaverdam Lake-Salisbury Mills | Bullville | Campbell Hall | Circleville | Central Valley | Cuddebackville | Firthcliffe | Fort Montgomery | Gardnertown | Highland Mills | Howells | Little Britain | Mechanicstown | New Windsor | Orange Lake | Pine Bush | Rock Tavern | Scotchtown | Slate Hill | Sugar Loaf | Thompson Ridge | Vails Gate | West Point|