|How much crime?
|What are the neighborhoods like?
|What are the people like?
|The weather in Croton is typical northeastern weather, meaning there are four seasons. The summers can range from 75-95 degrees. The spring is typically very pleasant, but with some rain, especially in April. Winter and late fall can bring snow but usually not more than a few inches at a time, though as much as a foot of snow would not be out of the question.
|The crime in Croton-on-Hudson is very low. Most crimes consist of light vandalism and a very few home burglaries. There have been a couple of instances of heroin overdoses by young men in their twenties in recent years. It is generally a very safe community in which to live.
|There is a center of town in Croton where small shops are located and the homes here tend to be older and smaller in size. Another older portion of the village is the Harmon area, about a mile from the Croton-Harmon train station, where a mix of different home types exist, from small 1930s bungalow homes to more recently built larger houses. The Mt. Airy section of the village is called "the country" by villagers. This is an area where the homes are on average much larger and the setting is more woodsy. Homeowners living in Mt. Airy need a car to get around, while living in other areas allows people to be able to walk to stores and the train station. There are a few very expensive homes that have excellent views of the Hudson River.
|Croton is made up of blue collar workers (such as those working at the Metro-North Railroad), white collar executives and professionals and some who work in the field of entertainment, writing or advertising. There are mainly families with children living in Croton, the majority of whom are white with a smaller percentage of Hispanic and African-African households. There are some bona fide celebrities who live in Croton, such as a network newscaster, a famous singer, an opera singer, and various artists.
|The shopping areas in Croton are small. There are a few nail/spa shops, two drugstores, 3 dry cleaners, banks, a bagel shop, two supermarkets, delis, and a teenager's clothing store, to name a few.
|Croton has some excellent restaurants. Umami Cafe is an eclectic little eatery with reasonable prices and tantalizing tastes. The owners of Umami recently opened another restaurant in the village called Tagine, a French Moroccan Bistro. Ocean House is tiny, but has the best seafood for miles and is always crowded with people waiting outside because there are no reservations taken.
|The public schools in Croton are highly rated, with about a 100% high school graduation rate and with about 98% of students going on to college.
|There are not many opportunities in Croton for singles to meet, except for the two or three bars in the village, perhaps, though these seem to be places where friends or couples meet.
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|The unusual noise heard in Croton is for some, a pleasant one: it is the sound of the Metro-North railroad train's whistles coming into the station.
|Two neighboring towns include Ossining and Montrose. Ossining has a few more shopping opportunities, with a Starbucks, larger supermarket, and state-of-the-art library. Ossining is home to a large maximum security prison and a large influx of immigrants from Ecuador, Peru and South American countries. The school system is not as well-rated as Croton's, and there is more crime here, making Ossining not as good a choice to live in for families with young children. Montrose has cheaper housing, but there is no real center to this community as there is in Croton. Montrose is also not as desirable as Croton because it is much closer to the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
|The two nearest hospitals are both about 15 minutes away: Phelps Community Hospital and Hudson Valley Hospital. They are both excellent hospitals.
|The nicest places to visit while in Croton include Senasqua Park, the villager's riverfront green. There is also a riverwalk trail with a Sept. 11th tribute statue at the end of the one-mile walk. Croton Point Park is also here, a County park that includes camping, playgrounds, a beach and musical concerts.
|Croton-on-Hudson feels like a smaller town than it actually is, giving it a homey, old-fashioned feel. This is because it is very typical to run into people you know in the few shops and supermarkets available, the riverfront, and the restaurants around town. There is a general feeling of solidarity and friendship here. Parents get to know one another once their children begin school because the schools are very community-oriented, with various programs and sports teams.