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Peekskill is a city in Westchester County, in the New York metro area.

The community was named after Jan Peek (or Peeck), settler who built a trading post here.

The latitude of Peekskill is 41.29N. The longitude is -73.92W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 128 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,436.


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Median household income
Local
$47,177
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Peekskill demographic reports
Peekskill is on the Hudson River.
British forces razed the city twice during the Revolution. It was here that George Washington gave Benedict Arnold command of West Point.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 69. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3 per 1,000 people.
Peekskill received national attention for the crash of a 30-pound meteorite into a car here in 1992.
Filming location for:
· 2002 movie, "Unfaithful"
Setting for 1980s TV show, "The Facts of Life"
Well-known residents have included:
· Pee-Wee Herman, comedian
· Mel Gibson, actor (raised in Australia but born here)
Local festivals include:
  • Peekskill Celebration - Aug. 2-5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Peekskill web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Blue Mountain Reservation, Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway
Historic sites and museums: Peekskill Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 143

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7% of Peekskill residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Peekskill ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Peekskill was $22,595, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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22% of Peekskill residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Peekskill, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $742.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,588.


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Libraries in Peekskill include Field Library ... View libraries

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Westchester County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Peekskill political report.

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The average commute time for Peekskill workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Peekskill between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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