Westchester County, often referred to as New York's "Golden Apple," serves as the gateway to the Hudson River Valley, one of the most picturesque areas of the country. Located north of New York City it borders Fairfield County, Connecticut to the east and Putnam County to the north. Founded in 1683, Westchester is named after the Town of Chester in England, and its county seat is in White Plains.
With a population nearing one million residents, the 450-square-mile county is an exciting mix of cities, towns and villages that have become a popular suburb for the bordering New York City. Despite its proximity to the city, Westchester has retained much of its rural character with rolling hills, parks, historic sites, museums, golf courses and quaint downtowns. Westchester also offers the famous Rye Playland, an art deco amusement park, dating back to 1927.
With the Long Island Sound on the southeast and the Hudson River on the west, the county promises a wealth of outdoor activities, from hiking along waterfront parks, to bird-watching to sailing. In addition, the county provides a number of beaches for warm weather enjoyment.
Westchester offers an excellent commute to New York City via three Metro-North commuter rail lines, or a series of parkways and the New York State Thruway.
From Yonkers to Yorktown, Peekskill to Pelham, learn about this thriving county and its history, culture, geography and population trends. This is the perfect place to start if you are new to the area or simply want to learn more about your county and local government. Be sure to check out Westchester´s Office of Tourism, the Parks Department, and the Westchestergov.com.
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