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Highlands (T)

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Highlands is a town in Orange County, New York in United States. This town is on the eastern border of the county. It is bordered on the south by Bear mountain in the town of Stony Point in Rockland County. It is composed of the village of Highland falls, the hamlet of Fort Montgomery, portions of the Palisades Interstate park and the United States military academy at west point. According to the United States census bureau, the town has a total area of 86.7 square kilometers of which 80.0 square kilometers of it is land and 6.7 square kilometers of it is water. The population was 12,484 at the 2000 census and 12,687 according to of 2005 census estimate.
The United States military academy is located alongside the Hudson river and the military reservation occupies a large part of the town. It was created from the town of Cornwall in 1872. The age distribution in this town is 22.8 percent under the age of 18, 32.1 percent from 18 to 24, 26.7 percent from 25 to 44, 12.2 percent from 45 to 64 and 6.2 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 147.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 162.2 males. These statistics are consistent with the presence of the West Point military base in general and the academy in particular.

The town is among the most beautiful parts of New York and it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. It has become a centre of industry, tourism, administration and culture with some recent improvements in the town.

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