LaGrange, New York

LaGrange (/ləˈɡreɪndʒ/ lə-GRAYNJ) is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 15,730 at the 2010 census.[3] The town was named after the ancestral estate of the wife of the Marquis de Lafayette.[4]

LaGrange, New York
Town Hall
Town Hall
Location of LaGrange, New York
Location of LaGrange, New York
Coordinates: 41°40′23″N 73°48′24″W / 41.67306°N 73.80667°WCoordinates: 41°40′23″N 73°48′24″W / 41.67306°N 73.80667°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorAlan Bell (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total40.35 sq mi (104.51 km2)
 • Land39.88 sq mi (103.29 km2)
 • Water0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
318 ft (97 m)
 • Total15,730
 • Estimate 
 • Density392.04/sq mi (151.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
12540,12603, 12569
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-027-40299
GNIS feature ID0979126


LaGrange District School, Freedom Plains, NY
Old LaGrange District School, in Freedom Plains

The town was originally established in 1821 as "Freedom" from parts of the towns of Beekman and Fishkill, but confusion with another location caused the name to be changed to "LaGrange" in 1828.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.3 square miles (104.5 km2), of which 39.9 square miles (103.3 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 1.17%, is water.[3] The town of LaGrange is located within the Hudson Valley region of New York. The towns bordering LaGrange are Union Vale to the east, Beekman to the southeast, East Fishkill and Wappinger to the south, Poughkeepsie to the west, and Pleasant Valley to the north, with a small part of Washington also bordering LaGrange.


Three state highways bisect the town and connect it with other towns in Dutchess County and the surrounding area. The Taconic State Parkway is a north-south parkway through LaGrange. James Baird State Park, which provides a golf course, playground, sports fields, and hiking and cycling trails, is located in LaGrange along the Taconic Parkway. The parkway also serves as an important commuter road for LaGrange, connecting the town to points south, including White Plains 51 miles (82 km) and New York City, 75 miles (121 km) to the south.

New York State Route 55 is an east-west road that goes through the center of the town; Arlington High School, the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, and multiple shops and stores are located on a two-mile section of Route 55 in Freedom Plains, a hamlet of LaGrange. In the summer and fall of 2014, three traffic circles were added to this stretch of Route 55 in Freedom Plains in an effort to ease congestion and also to beautify this part of LaGrange. To the west, Route 55 connects LaGrange to the city of Poughkeepsie, the closest urbanized area to LaGrange, ; to the east, Route 55 connects LaGrange to the town of Pawling and the Route 22 corridor. It is located halfway between Poughkeepsie and Pawling, about 11 miles (18 km) from both.

New York State Route 82 is a highway that goes southwest-northeast through the town, from Hopewell Junction to Moores Mills. Route 82 connects LaGrange with Millbrook to the north and Hopewell Junction to the south.

There are also several county roads that go in various parts of the town.

Parks and recreation

Freedom Park is the largest and most extensive park belonging to the town of LaGrange. At the park, there is a small, spring-fed lake in which patrons are permitted to swim under the supervision of Red Cross-trained lifeguards. There is a set of eight 25-yard lap lanes that enables the town to support a swim team. There is a concession that sells snacks at the lake. Freedom Park also boasts a bandstand and a large, permanent, open-air pavilion; there is a small playground as well. Each summer, a day camp is offered by the town at Freedom Park.

Other parks in LaGrange include Stringham Park, an extensive complex of soccer fields located on Stringham Road in the west of the town, and James Baird State Park, which provides a golf course, playground, and cycling and hiking trails.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201615,634[2]−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 14,928 people, 5,085 households, and 4,103 families residing in the town. The population density was 376.0 people per square mile (145.2/km²). There were 5,240 housing units at an average density of 132.0 per square mile (51.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.98% White, 2.41% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.94% Asian, 1.14% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.26% of the population.

There were 5,085 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.2% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $74,881, and the median income for a family was $80,724. Males had a median income of $61,806 versus $36,955 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,872. About 1.7% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Communities and locations in LaGrange

  • Arthursburg – A hamlet at the south town line.
  • Billings – A hamlet north of LaGrangeville.
  • Freedom Plains – A hamlet northwest of LaGrangeville.
  • James Baird State Park – A state park in the north part of the town.
  • LaGrangeville (or La Grangeville)– A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.[7]
    • LaGrangeville is an area in LaGrange with the zip code of 12540. As of 2014, this area had a population of 8,221, which makes it the largest part of LaGrange.
  • Manchester Bridge – A hamlet in the western part of the town.
  • Moores Mill – A location in the northeast part of the town.
  • Noxon – A location west of LaGrangeville.
  • Rombout Ridge – A location near the west town line.
  • Titus – A hamlet near the west town line.

Arlington High School and LaGrange Middle School of the Arlington Central School District are in LaGrange, as are several of the School District's primary, elementary and intermediate schools.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): La Grange town, Dutchess County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 179.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "LaGrangeville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.

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Allendale station (NJ Transit)

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Service at Allendale began c. 1850 when Joseph Mallinson donated some of his land in the area so the Paterson and Ramapo Railroad could build a depot. Service was ended in 1857 when the depot fell into disrepair, but returned in 1859, when Mallinson repaired the building. A new board and batten station replaced the Mallinson structure in 1870. The station was moved across the tracks to its current location in 1902 due to complaints about its condition. The passenger underpass constructed at Allendale was added in 1939 as part of the removal of several at-grade road crossings in the village.

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Caroline Morgan Clowes

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George Tarantini

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Tarantini earned Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors in both 1992 and 1994. He also was the NCAA regional coach of the year in 1994. He has directed North Carolina State to eight NCAA Tournament bids. Tarantini has won more games with North Carolina State than any other coach in school history.

Tarantini's 1990 North Carolina State team won the ACC championship, and reached the Final Four, before losing to UCLA on penalty kicks. North Carolina State ended the 1990 season with a 17–4–2 record, the best in school history.

Tarantini started his coaching career in 1976 at Arlington High School in LaGrange, New York. From 1977 to 1980, he served as an assistant coach at Dutchess Community College in New York. Tarantini was an assistant coach at North Carolina State from 1982 to 1985. He now serves as the Assistant Coach for St. David's School in Raleigh.

His brother Alberto Tarantini is a former professional footballer.

Isaac R. Harrington

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Musical Arts Conference

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In 2014-15, there were 1,137 students enrolled in the High School, with an average class size of 20. The student:teacher ratio was approximately 13:1. The attendance rate in the 2013-2014 school year was 93%, and the suspension rate in that same year was 22%. 30% of teachers have their Masters Degree plus 30 Hours or Doctorate.Poughkeepsie High School also hosts a first-of-its-kind program with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. This program has staff from the Chamber of Commerce teaching alongside a PHS teacher in the classroom. Students are taught job and career skills as well as enhanced typing. Students in the class also have an opportunity to network with local business owners. The Chamber of Commerce and High School host monthly gatherings with students from the class in which they participate in bonding activities with the local business owners. This public-private partnership with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce gives Poughkeepsie High School students access to a greater pool of resources and a chance for highly effective community outreach.

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Titusville, New York

Titusville is a hamlet and census-designated place in the town of LaGrange, New York, in Dutchess County. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 811.Titusville is in the southwestern part of the town of LaGrange, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of the city of Poughkeepsie. It is bordered to the south by the hamlet of Red Oaks Mill. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Titusville CDP has an area of 0.69 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.

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