Population & Immigration

A Brief History Of The Tarrytowns


Founded in 1770's, during the American Revolution, Tarrytown was part of the "neutral ground"and was left unguarded, subjecting residents to brutal attacks. Tarrytown was the site of Major John Andre’s historic surrender, turning the tide of the Revolution in favor of the Colonists. The Village has a long history of automotive construction--from the Stanley Steamer to General Motors minivans. The Tappan Zee Bridge, completed in 1955, is Westchester’s busiest river crossing.


Sleepy Hollow

Founded in 1874, it was originally called Beekmantown after Gerard G. and Cornelia Van Cortlandt Beekman, who succeeded Frederick Philipse as owners of Philipsburgh Manor. Beekman Avenue was one of the first roads in town. Washington Irving immortalized the area in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which tells the story of Ichabod Crane’s run-in with the ghostly Headless Horseman.


The First Known Residents - Then


The first known residents of the area were the Weckquaesgeek Indians, a peaceful tribe of hunters, farmers, and fishermen who lived in what is today Yonkers, Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant.

The Weckquasgeeks were one of several tribes united in the Ullapinger Confederacy, which stretched from Manhattan to Poughkeepsie between the Hudson River and Connecticut. Their immediate neighbors in the confederacy were the Manhattans, whose territory ran from the Nepperhan south to Manhattan Island; the Sint Sinks, who lived between the Pocantico and Kitchawan north to Anthony’s Nose, where the eastern end of the Bear Mountain Bridge is anchored today. The population of the entire confederacy in 1600, a few years before the first white men entered the area, was an estimated 4,750.


Residents: 1900 to Now


By the end of World War II, North Tarrytown was home to people of many national backgrounds. The post-war years saw the arrival of many Hungarians who had fled from their homeland following the Russian occupation. More came after the suppression of the Hungarian revolution in the 50’s. A large numbers of Spanish-speaking people also migrated here including Puerto Ricans and Cubans, who fled after Castro’s takeover of their island. Thirty years after World War II, North Tarrytown’s composition was more varied then any time before.

Recognition of both Tarrytown and North Tarrytown as the home of people of many national backgrounds, all living and working together in a spirit of tolerance and cooperation, came in 1947 when the American Association for the United Nations, in cooperation with the National Broadcasting Company, selected the two villages as the "Model Community for United Nations. Dinners, entertainment and broadcasts were featured along with a field day of fireworks and a parade.

Many people of Tarrytown, and currently Sleepy Hollow, predict that all the race-divided towns will change by the year 2000. The number one prediction is that the population of African Americans and Caucasians will decrease and the population of people with Hispanic origin will increase. As many people know, many residents that are of Hispanic and African heritage live in Sleepy Hollow, but, sooner or later, that will all change.

Although many people are moving they are moving from a very nice place and we invite anyone to come and see our beautiful towns of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.


Population of Sleepy Hollow

Year 1990 Census 1993 Estimates 2000 Projection
Number of people 8,152 8,190 7,800


Distribution by Age Range:

0-14 Years Old 18.5%

15-29 Years Old 25.0%

30-44 Years Old 23.4%

45-49 Years Old 15.9%

60+ Years Old 17.1%


Distribution By Race and Hispanic Origin:

White 81.4%

Black 8.4%

Asian 1.2%

Native American 0.5%

Other 8.6%

Hispanic Origin 34.1% (Hispanic population may be of any ethnic backround)


Population of Tarrytown

Year 1990 Census 1993 Estimates 2000 Projections
Number of people 10,739 10,892 9,800



Distribution by Age Range:

0-14 Years Old 14.3%

15-29 Years Old 25.1%

30-44 Years Old 24.6%

45-49 Years Old 15.9%

60+ Years Old 20.2%


Distribution by Race and Hispanic Origin


White 85.5%

Black 7.2%

Asian 4..1%

Native American 0.1%

Other 3.2%

Hispanic Origin 13.0% (Hispanic population may be of any ethnic backround)




Produced by Cindy and Kimberly


1. James C., Joseph. "Population". Encyclopedia of the World. 1982

2. Johns L., Michael. "Population and Immigration of the Tarrytowns". The All American Encyclopedia 1976

3. The Historical Society-March 19,1997

4. The Internet, website "population"

5. America On-line

6. "Getting To Know the Tarrytowns" Sponsored by The Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce.

We would like to thank all of the people who helped us make this whole project a success.