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Rockland County, New York

US county information
NameRockland County
StateNew York
SeatNew City
Largest cityNew City
US Area
Total Area199 sq mi (515.4 km2)
Land Area174 sq mi (450.7 km2)
Water Area25 sq mi (64.8 km2)
Population311687 (2010)
Density691.1/km2 (1789.9/sq mi)
Founded1798

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Rockland County is a suburban county 15 miles to the northwest of Manhattan and part of the New York Metropolitan Area, in the U.S. state of New York. It is the southernmost county in New York west of the Hudson River, and the smallest county in New York outside of New York City. The population, as of the US 2010 Census, is 311,687. The name derives from "rocky land", as the area was described by early Dutch and English settlers. Rockland's county seat is the hamlet of New City.

The county comprises five towns and nineteen incorporated villages, with numerous unincorporated villages and hamlets. Rockland County is designated as a Preserve America Community, and roughly one-third of the county is parkland.

The county has the largest Jewish population per capita in the country, with 31.4%, or 90,000 residents, belonging to the Jewish faith. Rockland also ranks 9th on the list of highest-income counties by median household income in the United States with $75,306 according to the 2000 census.


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