Our Community

About Rockland

Rockland County, New York is a thriving, diverse community.
Our residents, workers and employers all enjoy a community that offers:

  • Safe, secure neighborhoods.
  • Outstanding schools, colleges and universities.
  • Access to excellent health care and human services.
  • A diverse population.
  • A mix of businesses including health, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, construction and research.
  • A wide range of recreational and cultural activities.
  • An extensive park system that has grown because of Rockland's Open Space Preservation Program.

These factors make Rockland County a desirable community to live, work, visit, own a business and raise a family.

Stony Point lighthouse

The Stony Point Light is the
oldest lighthouse on the
Hudson River, dating to 1826.

 
 

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Businesses and Economic Development
Census and Demographics
Childcare
Colleges and Universities
Getting Around
Historical Interest
Hospitals
Libraries
Parks, Farms, and Zoos
Recreational Activities
School Districts
Towns, Villages and Hamlets

Businesses and Economic Development

Rockland County is home to a healthy variety of businesses. With numerous small hometown family-owned and operated shops to several larger start-ups and industry leaders in health, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, construction and research, Rockland offers a full range of competitive advantages to help businesses prosper and flourish.

The Rockland County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) and other partners can provide further information, resources, and hands-on expertise, as well as a wide range of related services and incentives to help businesses invest or expand its footprint in Rockland.

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Census and Demographics

Population: 311,687 (2010)

White 73.2% (2010)
Black or African American 11.9% (2010)
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.3% (2010)
Asian 6.2% (2010)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.04% (2010)
Some Other Race 5.8% (2010)
Two or More Races 2.5% (2010)

Hispanic or Latino Origin 15.7% (2010)

Average Household Size 3.07 (2010)
Median Age 38.8 years (2010)
Total Housing Units 104,057 (2010)
Median Household Income $84,027 (2010)
Civilian Labor Force 155,800 (2011)

Rockland County Demographics
Census Bureau QuickFacts for Rockland County

Childcare

Rockland is home to many quality daycare providers.

Contact Childcare Resources of Rockland, Inc. for resource and referral services for families seeking accessible, affordable, quality early childhood and school age care and education.

Rockland Worksite Daycare provides early childhood care on the Rockland County campus in Pomona for both Rockland employees and the general public.

Colleges and Universities

Looking to send your child to college? Or perhaps you want to attend yourself? Look no further than right here in Rockland County, where there are several acclaimed educational institutions.

Getting Around

The Rockland County Department of Public Transportation has a wealth of information on getting to, from, and around Rockland County by bus, train, ferry, air, and car.

Historical Interest

If your interest is history, why not spend the day...

Visit the Rockland County Tourism Department and Historical Society of Rockland County for more history.

Hospitals

Rockland County is home to several acclaimed healthcare facilities, including:

Libraries

Rockland County has many libraries available for use by Rockland County residents. Please use the links below for more information.

Parks, Farms, and Zoos

Rockland County, a great place to live, work, and play, come alone, bring the kids, there are lots of fun places to spend the day!

There are a variety of state, county, and town parks located in Rockland, including the County's newest park, Haverstraw Bay Park, overlooking the Hudson River. Haverstraw Bay Park includes a boat launch, 2 childrens' playgrounds, an open-air pavilion that can be rented for parties, fishing piers, walking paths, and the Rockland County September 11 Memorial.

The Rockland Farm Alliance facilitates local sustainable agriculture here in Rockland County, including the Cropsey Community Farm, a 5-acre organic farm in New City in which members can purchase a weekly share in the farm's harvest. The Orchards of Concklin in Pomona recently celebrated its 300th anniversary and is Rockland's oldest farm. Enjoy picking your own apples and shopping in their farm store. Dr. Davies Farm in Congers offers apple-picking, pumpkin-picking, hayrides and more.

Visit the Bear Mountain Zoo and Trailside Museum and meet a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians & fish. The resident bears are sure to be the most popular attraction on your visit!

Recreational Activities

Rockland County has a variety of shopping malls, including The Shops at NanuetPalisades Center, and Spring Valley Marketplace. Rockland also has a new baseball stadium -- Provident Bank Park -- home to the Rockland Boulders. There is an outdoor ice rink at Bear Mountain, and there are two indoor ice rinks -- one at the Palisades Center in West Nyack and one at SportORama in Monsey. And that's just for starters!

The Rockland County YMCA provides recreational and community service facilities for the surrounding community to enjoy, including a swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness center, exercise/dance studio, child care and youth game room.

For information on even more recreational activities, visit the Rockland County Tourism website, where you can learn about Rockland's wealth of attractions, ranging from zoos, carnivals, golf courses and street fairs, to historic sites, accommodations, acclaimed restaurants and more.

School Districts

Rockland County has 8 public school districts:

Towns, Villages and Hamlets

Rockland County is home to 5 towns, 19 incorporated villages, and 17 unincorporated hamlets (links provided where available):

Towns:
Clarkstown
Haverstraw
Orangetown
Ramapo
Stony Point

Villages: Hamlets:
Airmont Bardonia
Chestnut Ridge Blauvelt
Grand View-on-Hudson Congers
Haverstraw Hillcrest
Hillburn Monsey
Kaser Mount Ivy
Montebello Nanuet
New Hempstead New City
New Square Orangeburg
Nyack Pearl River
Piermont Sparkill
Pomona Tappan
Sloatsburg Thiells
South Nyack Valley Cottage
Spring Valley Viola
Suffern West Nyack
Upper Nyack  
Wesley Hills  
West Haverstraw

Rockland County is located in southeastern New York state, approximately 15 miles northwest of New York City.

Rockland's county seat is in New City, NY.