Town of Patterson
Town Hall
Etymology: after local farmer Mathew Paterson
Location of Patterson, New York
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 41°28′N 73°35′W / 41.467°N 73.583°W / 41.467; -73.583Coordinates: 41°28′N 73°35′W / 41.467°N 73.583°W / 41.467; -73.583
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • SupervisorRichard Williams
 • Total32.90 sq mi (85.22 km2)
 • Land32.21 sq mi (83.42 km2)
 • Water0.70 sq mi (1.80 km2)
Highest elevation
(Cranberry Mountain)
1,234 ft (376 m)
Lowest elevation
430 ft (130 m)
 • Total12,023
 • Estimate 
 • Density369.75/sq mi (142.76/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)845 Exchange: 278
FIPS code36-079-56748
FIPS code36-56748
GNIS feature ID0979345
Wikimedia CommonsPatterson, New York
WebsiteTown of Patterson, NY

Patterson is a town in Putnam County, New York, United States. The town is in the northeastern part of the county. Interstate 84 passes through the southwestern section of the town. The population was 12,023 at the 2010 census. The town is named after early farmer Matthew Paterson. The reason Patterson was spelled with two "t"s was due to the looseness with which Paterson spelled his own last name.[3]


The town was first settled around 1720 in The Oblong, which was a disputed area in southeastern Province of New York also claimed by the Connecticut Colony. The Oblong was a strip of land approximately 2.9 km wide between Dutchess County, New York, and Connecticut, ceded to New York in the 1731 Treaty of Dover. Between 1720 and 1776 a large number of mostly Connecticut families settled in the southern Oblong. They could not settle west of it because that land was privately owned by the Philipse Family. It had been granted a patent for virtually all of the remainder of the area of the future Putnam County.

The first such settlers in the Oblong were the Hayt family, who built a house at The Elm in 1720.[4] Another early settler was Jacob Haviland, who settled Haviland Hollow in 1731. The first village in Putnam County, the hamlet of Patterson, was originally called Frederickstown. The eastern part of the future Putnam County was called Southeast Precinct (not the same as the current town of Southeast).

The Philipses were Loyalists during the Revolution and left the area. The state confiscated their land, selling it off. In 1788, the former Philipse portion of the Oblong was chartered as the Town of Southeast; the remainder of the region was chartered as the Town of Fredericktown. In 1795, Fredericktown township was split into four parts: 1. the Town of Carmel, 2. a part which was combined with the northern half of Southeast and became the Town of Franklin, which was renamed the Town of Patterson in 1808, 3. a part which was combined with the southern half of Southeast and became the new, much larger town of Southeast, and 4. the remnant of the town, which was the Town of Frederick for a while. It was renamed as the Town of Kent in 1817.[5]

Notable people


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85 km2), of which, 32.3 square miles (84 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (1.95%) is water.

The northern town line is the border of Dutchess County, New York, and the eastern town boundary is the border of Connecticut.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)11,909[2]−0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Patterson Presbyterian Church
Patterson Presbyterian Church

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 11,306 people, 3,529 households, and 2,678 families residing in the town. The population density was 350.4 people per square mile (135.3/km2). There were 3,746 housing units at an average density of 116.1 per square mile (44.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.28% White, 3.56% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.01% of the population.

There were 3,529 households, out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.29.

Patterson Library
Patterson Library

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 36.8% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $66,250, and the median income for a family was $75,746. Males had a median income of $50,161 versus $37,975 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,103. About 3.7% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.


Two main thoroughfares run through Patterson, NY State Route 22 & State Route 311. State Route 22 runs through every town on the East side of Putnam County, and runs directly through the Business District of Patterson. I-84 passes in the southwest and houses Exit 18 for Route 311. Metro-North Railroad has rail commuter rail service to New York City via the Harlem Line, with the Patterson train station in the town center.


Patterson is governed by a town board. The town hall is located on New York State Route 311 in Patterson. Law enforcement services for Patterson are provided by the New York State Police and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

Communities and locations in Patterson

Looking east along NY 311 through Downtown
Looking east along NY 311 through Downtown


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Historic Patterson, NY; accessed 2011-02-15.
  4. ^ "Patterson Through the Years". Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Putnam County history". Rootsweb. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  6. ^ Taskin, Richard. "Pete SeegerAppreciation Page". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  7. ^ Obituary, Cushman, Martha Bryan Allen, The New York Times; July 30, 1985; pg. A30
  8. ^ "Yahoo! Groups". Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  9. ^ Wonder Lake State Park
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.