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Gardiner (T)

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Gardiner is a town in Ulster County, New York, USA. The population of the town was 5,238 at the 2000 census. The town of Gardiner is in the south-central part of the county. The first settlers were Huguenots from France. The town of Gardiner was established in 1853 from parts of the towns of New Paltz, Rochester, and Shawangunk. In 1925, a large fire destroyed a large part of Gardiner village.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 116.4 square kilometers out of which 115.0 square kilometers of its area is covered by land and 1.4 square kilometers is occupied by water. The Wallkill River flows from south to north through the center of the town. The Shawangunk Mountains are partly in the western part of the town.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.0 percent under the age of 18, 6.0 percent from 18 to 24, 32.3 percent from 25 to 44, 26.1 percent from 45 to 64, and 9.6 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The town of Gardiner is a minor civil division located in southern Ulster County.  Based on the 2000 federal Census, the population of the town of Gardiner is approximately 5,238 persons with approximately 45 square miles of land and water surface area. The average density is about 116 persons per square mile.

The town is situated on the outer fringe of the New York metropolitan area. It is approximately equidistant from the Hudson River cities of Kingston, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie and approximately 75 miles north of New York City. The town historian is a volunteer position appointed each year by the town Board at the annual meeting. There is also a newly formed Gardiner Historical Society which meets monthly. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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