Located in the Southwest portion of Orange County, New York is the second largest town in the state with a population of 32,065. The town is comprised of eight hamlets and three villages inhabited by affluent residents. Housing costs are substantially higher than in the rest of the nation, but are not as costly as some of the most expensive areas in New York. A little less than half of the housing in the area is single-family homes, and there are a substantial number of high-rise complexes.
Officially recognized in 1788, Warwick held an important role during the Revolutionary War as a Continental Army Encampment. The town experienced most of its growth of the last centuries as a result of its position along a freight rail line, and it was most notably recognized in Henry William Herbert’s book, "The Warwick Woodlands." Today, the town’s economy is largely dependent on the agricultural industry. The area has a strong mixture of both blue and white-collar workers. While many individuals work in agriculture, a reasonable number of workers commute to work, and workers spend an average of 33.48 minutes commuting to work.
The area is more highly educated than many other regions in the United States, as over 38 percent of individuals possess at least a Bachelor’s degree. Many students in the area attend the Warwick Valley Central School District. However, the Village of Florida and the Village of Greenwood Lake possess their own districts. The central district is comprised of one high school, one milled school and two elementary schools. Schools in the area have won multiple educational awards. The town also hosts a number of recognized festivals throughout the year. The annual Applefest has been named one of the top ten events in North America. The town also hosts the annual Warwick Summer Arts Festival along with a number of smaller events including Art on the Green, the Village Concert Series and Music in the Courtyard, which feature a number of concerts and artists. The area also hosts multiple jazz festivals each year. This small bustling town is truly an ideal place to call home.