The Town of Clermont consists of 11,000 acres and the population was 1,965 as of the 2010 census. The name Clermont of the town is French for "Clear Mountain", referring to the mountain views in the town.
It's on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the Catskill Mountains in the extreme southwest corner of Columbia County.
Clermont extends from the Hudson River on the west, south along the Dutchess County line and east to the southernmost bend of the Roeliff Jansen Kill. The town borders Gallatin on the east, Livingston northeast, and Germantown to the northwest.
Some towns are famous for their natural beauty and some the birthplace of famous people, Clermont possesses both. Its beauty of nature in its undulating hills and dales, opposite the Catskill Mountains make it a spot of striking beauty.
Most of the land is arable but there are some swamps and marshes forming small waste areas. There are small brooks and streams. The soil varies from a sandy loam to a mixture of clay and sand.
The town is noted for its agricultural products and fruits - pears, apples, plums, berries, and grapes.
Further information about Clermont, written by Town Historian Anne Poleschner, can be found by reading excerpts from her bicentennial book on the town.