Cortlandt, NY

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Located in northern Westchester County, Cortlandt is a scenic Hudson River town known for its revolutionary history, natural beauty, and small-town vibe. 

This family-oriented community offers residents an excellent quality of life.


Home to around 42,000 people, Cortlandt maintains a peaceful, neighborly atmosphere. The population is predominantly white at around 75%, with growing Asian, Black and Hispanic communities.

Cortlandt’s population has increased modestly over the past decade as families seek out its top-ranked schools, parks, and easy commute to New York City.


Cortlandt’s history is tied to the Revolutionary War, when it was an important defensive point for settlers. Locals helped capture the British spy John Andre at Patriot’s Park.

The 1890s brought industry like the Westchester Knife Co. and factories producing furnaces and food items. Cortlandt later transitioned to a residential commuter town, but preserved its historic sites.

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Quality of Life

Cortlandt offers an outstanding quality of life with beautiful parks, award-winning schools, and community amenities. Popular parks include Hudson National Golf Course, Tibbetts Brook Park, and Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park.

The town hosts free summer concerts, movie nights, craft fairs, and camps that bring neighbors together. Cortlandt also provides exceptional services for youth, seniors, veterans and more.


Residents have access to excellent care through Phelps Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, and adjacent centers of excellence like Columbia University’s hospitals.

Cortlandt promotes wellness through parks offering hiking, sports, and fitness trails. Upcoming health initiatives include pedestrian connectivity improvements and recreational programming.


With proactive policing and watchful neighbors, Cortlandt maintains extremely low crime rates. Violent offenses are rare, while property crime occurs at a third of the national average.

Ongoing safety programs include youth outreach, traffic enforcement, home security checks, and community forums. Cortlandt ranks among Westchester County’s safest towns year after year.


Cortlandt enjoys quick transit to New York City via Metro North’s Croton-Harmon Station, just a 45 minute ride to Grand Central. Major highways include the Taconic State Parkway, U.S. Route 9 and I-684.

The Cortlandt Freebus provides service within town. Sidewalks, scenic trails and flat terrain also make walking or biking around town inviting.

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Shopping and Dining

Historic downtown Croton-on-Hudson offers charming shops, services and dining. The Cortlandt Town Center provides major retail and food options. Nearby spots include the Shops at Rivertowns and Jefferson Valley Mall.

Dining spans waterfront restaurants in Croton to Italian, Thai, American fare and more. Longtime favorites include La Crêpe, Paesano’s and the Blue Pig Tea Room Cafe.


The Hendrick Hudson School District provides excellent learning opportunities. Its schools serve about 3,100 students with enriching academics, arts, clubs and athletics.

Over 98% of graduates pursue college, prepared by AP courses and activities like robotics, theater and champion athletic teams.

Points of Interest

  • Croton Point Park – Scenic Hudson River park with hiking, camping, swimming and boating
  • Teatown Lake Reservation – Gorgeous nature preserve with trails, gardens and family programs
  • Van Cortlandt Manor – Tour this 1748 Georgian-style mansion and its historic grounds
  • Cortlandt Town Center – Shops, restaurants, fitness and entertainment options
  • Hendrick Hudson Free Library – Vibrant community center hosting programs and events
  • Blue Mountain Reservation – Rugged wooded park with scenic vistas and nature trails

With small-town charm and natural beauty, Cortlandt offers an outstanding lifestyle minutes from New York City. Excellent schools, recreation and hometown spirit give residents the best of both worlds.