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Ossining is a village in Westchester County, in the New York metro area.
The community name derives from Ojibway term for "stones"
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Ossining. For links to other places called Ossining, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Ossining is 41.162N. The longitude is -73.861W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 161 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 24,229.
Sing Sing Prison was built here in 1825, by convicts brought in from Auburn Prison. The community, formerly called Sing Sing, changed its name to Ossining in 1901.
The prison's location - up the Hudson from New York - is the source of the idiom, "sent up the river."
Sections below provide additional information and links about Ossining demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Westchester County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New York area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 10562 ZIP code.
7% of Ossining residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ossining ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ossining was $25,036, compared with $21,587 nationally.
29% of Ossining residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Ossining include Downtown Ossining Historic District, Scarborough Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Ossining, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $810. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,912.
Libraries in Ossining include Ossining Public Library ... View libraries
Westchester County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ossining political report.
The average commute time for Ossining workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ossining between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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