Town of Kent is a town in Putnam County, New York, United States. The population was 13,507 at the 2010 census. The name is that of an early settler family. The town is in the north-central part of the Putnam County. Many of the lakes are reservoirs for New York City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.2 square miles (112 km), of which 40.6 square miles (105 km) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km), or 5.88%, is water. The north town line is the border of Dutchess County.
Kent sits high on the spectacular Hudson Highlands 60 miles (97 km) north of New York City in the north central portion of Putnam County. Within the borders are two state parks: Wonder Lake in the east and Fahnestock in the west, as well as a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and thousands of acres of spectacular open spaces under the permanent protection of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Kent is home to a number of lakes which were once the domain of summer visitors but now have become year-round communities,including Sagamore Lake, Kentwood Lake, Lake Tibet, China Lake, Palmer Lake, and White Pond. Kent is also home to a number of reservoirs that supply water to New York City and Westchester County, and consequently a large portion of the land has been purchased for conservation by New York City through the Watershed Preservation Program. The reservoirs include Boyd’s Corners and West Branch, with the latter being the east-of-Hudson terminus of the Catskill/Delaware system and an important link in the New York City water supply.
Interstate 84 and the Taconic State Parkway pass through the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,009 people, 4,868 households, and 3,748 families residing in the town. The population density was 344.8 people per square mile (133.1/km²). There were 5,353 housing units at an average density of 131.8 per square mile (50.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.81% White, 1.41% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.77% of the population.
There were 4,868 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the town, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $72,346, and the median income for a family was $79,716. Males had a median income of $51,634 versus $38,575 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,984. About 4.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.