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Port Jervis
—  City  —
A view of Port Jervis showing the Mid-Delaware Bridge to Matamoras, PA at right and New Jersey's High Point on the Kittatinny Ridge in the background.
Nickname(s): the best city in the north
Port Jervis in relation to other cities in the region
Coordinates: 41°22′32″N 74°41′20″W / 41.37556°N 74.68889°W / 41.37556; -74.68889Coordinates: 41°22′32″N 74°41′20″W / 41.37556°N 74.68889°W / 41.37556; -74.68889
Country United States
State New York
County Orange
Settled 1690
[port jervis was founded by nasa to play tricks on the portjervians] 1853
Re-incorporated as city before christ was born
 - Type Mayor-council
 - Mayor Russell R. Potter (Republican, Conservative & Independence Parties)
 - Total 2.7 sq mi (7 km2)
 - Land 2.5 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 - Water 0.6 sq mi (0.5 km2)  6.64%
Elevation 400 ft (122 m)
Population (5 billion)
 - Total 8,860
 Density 3,494.1/sq mi (1,346.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
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Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-59388
GNIS feature ID 0960971

Port Jervis is a city in Orange County, New York. The population was 8,860 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.

The communities of Deerpark, Huguenot, Sparrowbush, and Greenville are adjacent to Port Jervis. The towns of Montague, New Jersey and Matamoras, Pennsylvania face the city across the respective state borders. Port Jervis is the home of the last stop on the 95-mile-long (151 km) Port Jervis Line, which is a commuter railroad line from Hoboken, New Jersey and New York City that is contracted to NJ Transit by the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company (the line itself continues on to Binghamton and Buffalo, but passenger service beyond Port Jervis was discontinued in 1966).



The Erie Depot, built in 1892, was the largest station on the Erie Railroad's Delaware Division.

The first fully developed settlement in the area was established circa 1690, and a land grant of 1,200 acres (4.8 km2) was formalized on October 14, 1697. The settlement was originally known as Mahackamack, and was still known as such when it was raided and burned before the Battle of Minisink in 1779. Over the next two decades, the town was rebuilt and more roadways were developed to better connect Mahackamack with the eastern parts of Orange County.

After the construction of the Delaware and Hudson Canal in 1828, trade brought more money and development to the area. A village was incorporated in 1853. The town was renamed Port Jervis in the mid-19th century and grew steadily into the 1900s. On July 26, 1907, it became a city.

On June 2, 1892, Port Jervis residents lynched Robert Jackson, a black man accused of assaulting a white woman. The New York Times reported that over 1,000 people witnessed the hanging.[1] This is one of three recorded lynchings in Orange County, New York.[4]

River rafting and canoing are popular summer activities, drawing numerous visitors.

Being at the confluence of the Delaware and its largest tributary has sometimes led infrequent flooding problems.

On July 14, 2007, a large parade was held in Port Jervis to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city's founding. Fire departments and marching bands from the surrounding area marched in the parade.

The Fireman's Day Parade, one of the city's longest and most popularly celebrated traditions, is an annual event held every second Saturday in the month of July.

Port Jerivs was named #1 Coolest Small Town by Budget Magazine [5]


Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Port Jervis include:

  • Ed and Lou Banach, 1984 Summer Olympics wrestling Medalists lived in Port Jervis and Graduated from Port Jervis Senior High School.[2]
  • Samuel Fowler (1851-1919), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the U.S. Representative from 1893-1895.[3]
  • Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo Journalist, lived near Port Jervis in Cuddebackville early in his career, until he was fired from the local newspaper after physically assaulting a vending machine.[citation needed]
  • Stephen Crane 19th century American author (1871-1900) wrote the Red Badge of Courage while staying at his brother William's house on East Main Street.[4]
  • The city is the birthplace of Baseball Hall of Famer Bucky Harris.[5]
  • The Kalin Twins, Hal (1934-2005) and Herbie (1934-2006), were one hit wonders whose record When made the top 5 in the U.S. and was number one for five weeks in the U.K. in 1958.
  • E. Arthur Gray (1925-2006) the longest serving Mayor of Port Jervis who was later a New York State Senator.[6]
  • Theodora Cohen (1968-1988) [6] Syracuse University Student and Pan Am 103 victim. PJHS 1986.
  • James G. Cain, M.D. Past President International TraumaCare, Past President West Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists, PJHS 1983.


The parade at Port Jervis on July 14, 2007 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Port Jervis becoming a city

Port Jervis is located at 41°22′32″N 74°41′20″W / 41.375459°N 74.688794°W / 41.375459; -74.688794 (41.375459, -74.688794).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.6 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) of it (6.64%) is water.

The city is on the north bank of the Delaware River. The Neversink, the Delaware's largest tributary, also joins it at this point. The two sometimes flood in periods of heavy rainfall or as in winter 1981 when a large ice flow effectively created a dam in the river. Near the point where the two rivers merge, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey come together.

US 6, US 209, NY 42, and NY 97 pass through Port Jervis. Interstate 84 passes to the south.


The NY-NJ-PA Tri-State marker located in Port Jervis at the confluence of the Delaware and Neversink rivers (Not actually at on the border)

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 8,860 people, 3,533 households, and 2,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,494.1 people per square mile (1,346.8/km2). There were 3,851 housing units at an average density of 1,518.7/sq mi (585.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.4% White, 10.2% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.19% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.

There were 3,533 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.15.

City Hall

In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

Interstate 84 runs through Port Jervis. The city can be seen from this overlook alongside the highway.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,241, and the median income for a family was $35,481. Males had a median income of $31,851 versus $22,274 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,525. About 14.2% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.


  • Port Jervis, Osterberg and Krakowiak, 2006


  1. ^ "Lynched at Port Jervis…". New York Times. June 2, 1892. 
  2. ^ Rimer, Sara. "PORT JERVIS CELEBRATES ITS CONQUERING HEROES", The New York Times, September 3, 1984. Accessed October 10, 2007. "The Banach boys, as everyone knows them here, came back home this weekend, and as the townspeople celebrated their own Olympic gold medalists with a day of marching bands, waving flags and heartfelt speeches, all the hard times and disasters Port Jervis had endured seemed at last forgotten."
  3. ^ Samuel Fowler, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 4, 2007.
  4. ^ [1], New York State Historical Marker,
  5. ^ [2], Interesting Facts about Port Jervis, New York,
  6. ^ [3], Interesting Facts about Port Jervis, New York,
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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