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Why Ulster County?


Ulster County’s strategic location and exceptional quality of life make this the ideal location to operate a business. We have easy access to every major market in the Northeast, the region’s lowest cost of doing business and a ready and skilled workforce. The quality of life is outstanding, with over 350 miles of nature trails for year-round outdoor family activities, quick access to quality healthcare and excellent public school systems. The bottom line is Ulster County is a perfect community to live, work, visit and raise a family.

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Strategic Location and Value

Ulster County’s location is well positioned for all types of industries. With three exits along the New York State Thruway and easy access to Interstate 84, businesses in Ulster County serve markets in Albany, New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and beyond. We are located about 90 minutes from Manhattan and an hour from Albany. Nearby airports include Albany International and Stewart International in Newburgh and local rail stations are reached by Amtrak and Metro-North.

Top Reasons to Locate Your Business in Ulster County

  • Easy access to every major market in the Northeast 
  • A ready and skilled workforce 
  • Extraordinary value with the region’s lowest cost of doing business 
  • Unparalleled four-season living 
  • Expert economic development assistance to facilitate solutions 
  • Aggressive New York State and local incentive programs

Did You Know?

  • Ulster County is the only county in New York State to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • Saugerties was once rated one of the top 7 towns to live in the Hudson Valley.
  • Phoenicia was rated among top 10 coolest small towns in America.
  • National Geographic dubbed New Paltz as one of the “Best Adventure Towns” in the Country.

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 181,300  
Median Age 43.1  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 38,743 30.09%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 115,483 89.69%
Civilian Labor Force 94,369 62.22%
Median Household Income $58,918  
Median Earnings for Workers $47,152  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Albany Intl
Bradley Intl
Laguardia
Stewart Intl
Tweed-New Haven
Westchester County
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Dutchess County
Igor I Sikorsky Memorial
Sullivan County Intl
Teterboro
Westfield-Barnes Rgnl
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Airhaven
Columbia County
Freehold
Green Acres
Joseph Y Resnick
Kingston-Ulster
Kobelt
Orange County
Randall
Sky Acres
Sky Park
Stormville
Wurtsboro-Sullivan County