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Brewster, New York

Brewster is a village located in the Town of Southeast in Putnam County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2,162. It is the most densely populated portion of the township.


Brewster is located at 41°23'46" North, 73°36'57" West (41.396050, -73.615954)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²). 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 2,162 people, 840 households, and 441 families residing in the village. The population density is 1,739.1/km² (4,544.0/mi²). There are 881 housing units at an average density of 708.7/km² (1,851.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 78.77% White, 5.37% African American, 0.37% Native American, 2.31% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 11.66% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 32.10% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 840 households out of which 26.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.9% are married couples living together, 11.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.4% are non-families. 34.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.08.

In the village the population is spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 41.4% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 131.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 128.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $42,750, and the median income for a family is $48,393. Males have a median income of $28,793 versus $28,929 for females. The per capita income for the village is $21,865. 14.5% of the population and 9.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.4% are under the age of 18 and 12.1% are 65 or older.

Octogenarian Mayor John Cesar has been known in recent years as New York State's oldest elected official.