What does this measure?
The total change in the number of people living in a geographic area since 2000.
Why is this important?
Changes in total population can indicate the overall health of a community and its ability to attract and retain residents.
How is Ulster County performing?
Ulster has seen a low rate of population growth over the past decade, increasing roughly 1% from 2000 to 2015. This slight increase is lower than the state's (excluding NYC) at 3%, and both Dutchess and Orange counties had greater rates of growth, about 6% and 11% respectively, as did the nation overall with 14%. Ulster's 2015 population of about 180,000 residents represents an increase of 2,450 residents since 2000.
Within the county, the population of Hardenburgh grew by 11%, Shawangunk by 18% and the Village of New Paltz by 17% over the decade. The City of Kingston experienced essentially no population change over the same time period.
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