Vails Gate is in the south part of the Town of New Windsor, located on Route 32. It is defined largely by the junction of that highway with Routes 94 and 300, a busy commercial center which has the ZIP code 12584. Part of that also spills into adjacent regions of the Town of Cornwall to the south.
There were 1,421 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $39,851, and the median income for a family was $44,485. Males had a median income of $38,636 versus $31,019 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,967. About 7.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
A majority of the local youth population spends their time in or around Vails Gate. Popular venues include the Destinta Movie Theater off of Rt. 94, several area diners on Rt. 32, Rt. 300, or Rt. 94, local grocery store parking lots, the pool hall by Price Chopper, Rita's Italian Ice, and the 24-hour Dunkin Donuts.