The smallest of New York’s mainland counties, Rockland boasts a noteworthy string of beautiful towns and hamlets just thirty miles from Manhattan.
Less rural than neighboring Sullivan County, the land is decidedly residential. Rockland County offers a variety of industries, with many residents working jobs in health, retail, construction, and research. While some residents choose to commute into New York City, the county’s lack of mass transit into Manhattan makes it a less likely destination for those looking for an easy way into the island.
Though the name comes from the term “rocky land,” first gifted to the area by its early Dutch settlers, Rockland County is home to ample parkland. Explore hiking trails in Bear Mountain State Park, or picnic along the Hudson River at Nyack Beach. Swim in the summer and ice skate in the fall at one of Rockland’s many riverside parks. Active residents also enjoy the numerous public and private golf courses scattered throughout the county.
These natural spaces are the only departure from the suburban sprawl that characterizes most of Rockland County. Residents enjoy convenient access to strip malls and dining options, all just a few minutes’ drive in any direction. The market is pricey, like most of Hudson Valley, with a landscape consisting of mostly single-family homes, small apartment complexes, and condos.
Those craving the slight retreat of suburbia and the conveniences of a busy commercial center will enjoy calling Rockland County home.