The workplace accident lawyers Middletown, NY, at Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. invite you to learn more about the neighborhood and its history.


The city of Middletown is located in the northcentral region of Orange County in New York’s Hudson Valley. It covers 3,417.6 acres, and its highest point sits at an elevation of 740 feet. Many of the communities that surround the city include Goshen, Newburgh, Circleville, Mechanicstown, Washington Heights, and Scotchtown.

Early History

The area was bought by John Green from the DeLancey patent and was settled as early as 1744. The city’s name is believed to have stemmed from its proximity to other nearby settlements. It originally was South Middletown, but residents eliminated South in 1848. In 1888, the city was officially incorporated.

The city began to grow in the 19th century, along with the construction of the railroads. Many factories were built, including industries such as:

  • shoes
  • lawnmower blades
  • furniture

However, industrial restructuring caused most of these to close by the 1960s.

In the 1970s, many firefighters, police officers, and other workers from across the state began to move into the neighborhoods, searching for lower housing costs. Unfortunately, in 1986 the state began to require its workers to live in city limits, causing the community to lose a significant source of its residential development.

Historical Landmarks

This historic city is home to many pre-World War II architectural structures. Located by its highest spire in the downtown area, the First Congregational Church of Middletown was built in 1872. The congregation was established in 1785 by New England migrants. Isaac G. Perry was the architect behind the Goth Revival design.

The historic Paramount Theatre, located on South Street, was built in 1930. The theatre is known for hosting many events such as:

  • art exhibits
  • civic fundraisers
  • school theatre series
  • performing arts summer camp
  • some film features


Within the community is the Equilibrium Brewery, located on Henry Street. The brewery served the community with a locally produced beer facility in addition to a rental venue that offered the following four spaces:

  • taproom
  • live-fire beer garden
  • bonfire beer tent
  • entire facility rentals


The city had a population of 28,086 in 2010. This was an increase of 10.6% from 25,388 in 2000. The diversity of the town’s residents included the following:

  • 36.6% white 
  • 21.0% African American
  • 39.7% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.8%  Native American
  • 1.9% Asian

The per capita income in 2018 was $28,180, making it a lower-middle-income community compared to others in the state. The median income per household was  $39,570 in 2000. It has a mixed workforce that includes both white and blue-collar occupations, such as:

  • 14.3% Administrative
  • 10.8% Sales and Related
  • 8.1% Management
  • 7.7% Food Service
  • 6.9% Production

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The Middletown, NY workplace accident lawyers at Markhoff & Mittman, P.C., know how stressful it is to miss work due to an injury. Our experienced legal team can help you process your injury claim to get your financial benefits quickly. Call today for a free consultation.

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