Hudson, New York

This beautiful scenic city that found its place on the shores of the Hudson is a small town in New York. Hudson has the same name as the river itself. The city and the river blend together to form a calm and warm home for proud Americans. 

Geography And Climate Of Hudson

Hudson, the seat of Columbia County, is located in the southeastern part of the US state of New York. It is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River and only 34 miles south of Albany. The Hudson River, the primary water landform in New York state, runs almost through the entirety of the state and along with the city. The city covers an area of 2.33 square miles, of which only 0.17 square miles are covered by water. Hudson has a variety of elevations that range between 100 feet and 420 feet.  

Hudson can be considered a rainy city because of the 42 inches of rain every year. Forty-three inches of snow are received by the city annually, which is also greater than the national average of 38 inches. Total sunny days are 181 compared to 205 sunny days in the US. While some regions in the southwest and the south are extremely hot in the summer, Hudson is pleasant and comfortable. On the other hand, the winters can be severe, snowy, and windy. The snowy period of the year lasts for a long 5.2 months, from early November to mid-April. January alone receives more than 10 inches of snow every year. 

History Of Hudson

Historic townhouse building with bay windows located at 512-516 Warren Street in Hudson, New York
Historic Victorian townhouse building with bay windows located at 512-516 Warren Street in Hudson, New York. Editorial credit: Alizada Studios /

 Before the 1600s, this region was home to the Mohican Indians. They resided in this land for hundreds of years before encountering the European expeditions. It was not until 1662 that the Dutch settler, Jan Frans van Hoesen, purchased lands from the native tribes. The land was named Klauver Rachen in Dutch and Clover Reach in English. It was later renamed Claverack Landing. 1783 witnessed the first settlers' arrival from New England and then incorporated in 1785. The town was eventually named in honor of Henry Hudson - a famous explorer who supposedly landed there in 1609. After the settlers built their homes and streets, the first development made Hudson a boatbuilding river port. Then in 1790 became a port of entry and a whaling center. This continued to be the case until the early 19th century. The second development was the transformation of the city into manufacturing. Some plants specialize in plastic fasteners, vaporizers, heating pads, buttons, and loading-dock equipment. Hudson is known for being the first incorporated city after the Revolution. A year went by, and manufacturers started leaving the area due to economic stagnation. This caused businesses to shut down and some historic commercial and residential buildings to be converted into low-income housing. However, the resilience of the town's people and Hudson's character & authenticity prevailed. First came the antique dealers, who helped Hudson become a destination for collectors and decorators. Then artists, writers, and others who do not depend on owning or renting offices started arriving. After that, Hudson began to boom and became a sought-after destination. 

The Population And Economy Of Hudson

Hudson is considered a small town according to its population. The year 2022 witnessed slight growth in the population rate. The number of people living in Hudson is expected to reach 5,910 by 2022. As for the racial composition, Whites form 63.74% of the residents, followed by the African American community with 22.65%, Asians with 8.66%, and mixed races with 3.88%. Among the Whites, 7.6% are Hispanics. Females constitute almost half the community with 50.73%, while Males are 49.27%.  92.1% of the residents are US citizens, and 15.8% were born outside the country. 

Today, the economy employs more than 2800 people. The unemployment rate is at its lowest at 5.3%, slightly lower than the US average. The largest industries are Healthcare, manufacturing, and food & accommodation. However, the highest paying jobs are Real Estate with an annual salary of $210,833, followed by legal occupations with $108,000, finance at $75,556, and law enforcement at $67589. The median income today represents approximately 11% of the city's economy. Although Income Tax Rate is 4.6% lower than the national average, the Sales Tax Rate is 8% which is 0.7% higher than the national average. 

Attractions In Hudson

Skyline of New York City from the Hudson River at dusk.
Skyline of New York City from the Hudson River at dusk.

One of the city's focal and most impactful sites is the Hudson River itself. The river influenced the city's history, economy, and culture. It is one of the city's main attraction destinations. The city offers picturesque and exciting tours and cruises along the shores of the Hudson. The mid-19th-century witnessed an American art movement known as the Hudson River School. Frederic Church was a prominent landscape artist emerging from that school. His former home is on display today for visitors. 

Landscape view of a diner on Warren Street in Hudson, New York
Landscape view of a diner on Warren Street in Hudson, New York. Editorial credit: Brian Logan Photography /

 The first attraction tourists head to is Warren Street. It is a historic street that runs for a mile through the city. It is surrounded by vibrant, remarkable buildings, shops, restaurants, art galleries, and antique stores that place the street as the central commercial district. The entire section is reminiscent of the 18th-century lifestyle.