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Ghent (T)

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States. Ghent is a town in Columbia County, New York, USA. The population was 5,276 at the 2000 census. 2004 estimates put the population at 5,316. The Town of Ghent is centrally located in the county. Ghent is northeast of the City of Hudson. 
Ghent occupies a central position among the towns of the county. It was erected from Kinderhook, Chatham, and Claverack, April 3, 1818, and received its name from Ghent, in Holland. Before this division, the territory comprised within its bounds was locally known as Squampamock and Kline Kill. The town has an irregular shape and was reduced to its present area 27,649 acres in 1833, when a part of Stockport was taken from its western border.
Around 1735, early settlers, exploiting areas cleared by the natives, moved into the area. In 1818, the Town of Ghent was founded from parts of the Towns of Chatham, Claverack, and Kinderhook. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 117.6 square kilometers. 117.0 square kilometers of it is land and 0.6 square kilometers of it is water. In the town the population was spread out with 24.2 percent under the age of 18, 5.7 percent from 18 to 24, 27.1 percent from 25 to 44, 25.8 percent from 45 to 64, and 17.2 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
Ghent is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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