27 Facts About Westchester County


Simultaneously, Westchester County had the highest property taxes of any county in the United States in 2013.

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Westchester County is one of the centrally located counties within the New York metropolitan area.

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Westchester County was the first suburban area of its scale in the world to develop, due mostly to the upper-middle-class development of entire communities in the late 19th century and the subsequent rapid population growth.

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Westchester County has numerous road and mass transit connections to New York City, and the county is home to the headquarters of large multinational corporations including IBM, Mastercard, PepsiCo, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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At the time of European contact in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Native American inhabitants of present-day Westchester County were part of the Algonquian peoples, whose name for themselves was Lenape, meaning the people.

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Westchester County was one of the original twelve counties of the Province of New York, created by an act of the New York General Assembly in 1683.

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Westchester County is located in the New York metropolitan area and Downstate New York, north of New York City and south of Upstate New York.

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Where Pelham Manor meets Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, the southern border of Westchester County is just under 11 miles from Columbus Circle in Manhattan.

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Two bridges span the Hudson in Westchester County: the Bear Mountain Bridge crosses at Cortlandt and the Tappan Zee Bridge at Tarrytown.

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Hudson River waterfront in Westchester County is in a transitional period, converting from primarily industrial uses to mixed residential, commercial, retail, and recreational uses.

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Westchester County is divided into six primary drainage basins or watersheds: the Upper and Lower Long Island Sound; and the Bronx, Upper Hudson, Lower Hudson, and Croton River basins.

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Rock that underlies Manhattan and Westchester County is chiefly gneiss and mica-schist, with layers of dolomitic marble and serpentine.

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Climate of Westchester County is primarily a humid subtropical climate, with higher elevations bordering on a humid continental climate.

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Cities in Westchester County have many well established sub-areas within the municipal boundaries.

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Westchester County has developed a burgeoning biotechnology sector in the 21st century, with over US$1 billion in planned private investment as of 2016, spurring Westchester Magazine to nickname the county Biochester.

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Westchester County contains 48 public school districts, nearly 120 private college-preparatory and parochial schools, and 15 colleges and universities.

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Public schools in the county are largely funded by local property taxes, and the median annual property-tax bill for Westchester County residents was $13,842 in 2013, the highest in the United States.

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Westchester County is served by the Westchester Library System, established in 1958.

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Westchester County Government is headed by County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat.

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Westchester County was the home of US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, who occupied the Kykuit mansion near the hamlet of Pocantico Hills.

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Westchester County is home to 42nd US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who live in Chappaqua.

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Westchester County has a wide array of emergency services and is the home to 58 municipal fire departments, one federal fire department, 42 ambulance services, three Haz-Mat teams, a volunteer technical rescue team, a fire academy and a fire investigations unit.

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Over 700 firefighters, police officers and EMS providers were trained to be part of this effort and serve over half the population of Westchester County including Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains, Scarsdale, Eastchester, and the Fairview, Hartsdale, and Greenville Fire Departments in the Town of Greenburgh.

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Westchester County Airport serves the county, and is adjacent to White Plains.

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Westchester County has been the home of many novelists, including Washington Irving.

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Westchester County mentioned it in her last work in the series: Cherry Ames, Country Doctor's Nurse.

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Westchester County is the primary setting and residence of the main characters in The Clique young adult novel series by Lisi Harrison.

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