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The 2000 Census showed that Rockland County had a population of 286,753 people. This represented 1.51% of the total population of New York, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 62 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rockland had a population of 300,173 people. This is an increase of 4.68% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010311,687+8.7%+3.84% since 2009
2009300,173+4.68%+0.48% since 2008
2008298,747+4.18%+0.59% since 2007
2007297,005+3.58%+0.36% since 2006
2006295,927+3.2%+0.44% since 2005
2005294,636+2.75%+0.69% since 2004
2004292,625+2.05%+0.69% since 2003
2003290,614+1.35%+0.2% since 2002
2002290,035+1.14%+0.5% since 2001
2001288,602+0.64%+0.64% since 2000
2000286,753The Last Census

Rockland County had 94,973 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rockland County has a total area<3> of 199.3 square miles [516 km²]. Of this total, 174.2 square miles [451.2 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (12.6%) being water (25.12 square miles [65.1 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rockland County had a population density of 1,645 people per square mile [635 people/km²], making it the state's 8th most densely populated county (out of 62 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Rockland County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Rockland and the state of New York.

Click here for the Rockland County QuickFact (QF-36087).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Rockland County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Spring ValleyQF-367042023,70125,464-6.92%
Stony PointQF-367167415,13214,2446.23%
West HaverstrawQF-368020310,27110,295-0.23%
Chestnut RidgeQF-36154007,8817,8290.66%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Rockland County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Bergen (NJ)QF-34003   S895,250884,1181.26%
Passaic (NJ)QF-34031   SW491,778489,0490.56%
OrangeQF-36071   NW383,532341,36712.35%
PutnamQF-36079   NE99,26595,7453.68%
WestchesterQF-36119   E955,962923,4593.52%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Rockland. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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