Town Houses with the Hudson River and midtown Manhattan in the background.

Hudson, New York

Hudson is a small city situated in Columbia County in the southeast-central portion of the US State of New York. Placed along the eastern shores of the Hudson River, this beautiful scenic city has been named after the river and the well-known explorer Henry Hudson. Packed with an array of art galleries, antique shops, boutique stores, and restaurants, Hudson serves as a perfect base for tourists who want to explore the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley.

Geography And Climate Of Hudson

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

Hudson covers a total area of 6.0 sq. km, of which 5.6 sq. km is occupied by land and 0.4 sq. km is covered by water. The city is located about 120 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and more than 2 hours away from New York City. The town of Greenport borders Hudson on three sides.

Hudson experiences warm and humid summers and freezing, snowy winters. July is the year’s hottest month, with the average temperature between 83°F and 63°F. January is the year’s coldest month, with the average temperature between 19°F and 34°F. The city receives an average of 42 inches of rain and 43 inches of snowfall yearly.

Brief History Of Hudson

Amtrak's Hudson Station
Amtrak's Hudson Station. Image Credit: Bublegun, via Wikimedia Commons

Before European colonization, the modern-day city of Hudson was home to the Mahican people, who had occupied the territory for hundreds of years before the Dutch colonists settled in the area in the 17th century. The area initially formed a portion of the town of Claverack and was referred to as “Claverack Landing” by the Dutch colonists. In 1783, the first settlers, mainly whalers and merchants arrived from New England, led by Thomas and Seth Jenkins. Due to the area’s strategic location at the navigation head of the Hudson River, the settlers started developing it as a busy port. In 1785, the area was chartered as a city and named after the noted explorer Henry Hudson.

Over the years, Hudson grew rapidly, and by 1790, it became the country’s 24th largest city. During the 19th century, Hudson witnessed rapid industrial growth, with the city’s industries attracting hordes of immigrants. However, in the later half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Hudson became a center of gambling and prostitution. In recent times, Hudson has become a popular destination for LGBTQ people.

Population And Economy Of Hudson

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

As per the latest US Census, Hudson has a population of 6,103 inhabitants with a median age of 38.6. The top ethnic groups in Hudson include White (Non-Hispanic) at 58%, Black (Non-Hispanic) at 19.3%, Asians (Non-Hispanic) at 9.62%, White (Hispanic) at 7.14%, and Two and more races (Non-Hispanic) at 3.75%.

Hudson has a median household income of $39,292 and a median property value of $211,800. The economy of Hudson employs approximately 2,610 people. The biggest industries in Hudson include Health Care & Social Assistance, Accommodation & Food Services, and Manufacturing. In addition to various antique shops, the city houses several art galleries, boutique stores, and restaurants.

Tourist Attractions In And Around Hudson

Olana State Historic Site

Olana State Historic Site
Olana State Historic Site. Image Credit: Ɱ, via Wikimedia Commons

Though technically not located within Hudson, the Olana Historic Site is a mere 10 minute drive from the city. A historic house which was home to Frederic Edwin Church- one of the leading artists of the Hudson River School- is definitely worth the venture. Apart from being historically significant as home to a prominent cultural figure, the destination offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskills. Having been designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1965, Olana is one of the few intact artists’ homes, estate, and studio complexes in the United States.

Hudson Hall

Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York
Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York. Image Credit: Ɱ, via Wikimedia Commons

Hudson Hall is a prominent art organization and venue situated on Warren Street at the heart of the city of Hudson. Constructed in 1855 and designed by well-known architect Peter H. Avery as Hudson's first city hall, Hudson Hall is the state's oldest surviving theater. Several arts and cultural programs are produced by this organization all year-round. Winter Walk - the biggest tourism event of the town of Hudson is organized by the Hudson Hall during winters every year. 

Carrie Haddad Gallery

Established as the first fine art gallery in Hudson in 1991, the Carrie Haddad Gallery boasts professionally committed artists, in addition to emerging talent. Specializing in all types of painting, large and small sculpture, works on paper, and a variety of techniques in photography, the gallery is almost guaranteed to be an enriching experience for all visitors.

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