Ulster County Overview
In Ulster County, incomes are rising as are adult education levels. Despite the increased education levels and growing diversity of its population, Ulster lags behind the state and region in several key measures. Steady job loss occurred from 2008 to 2013, contributing to poverty rates that have remained relatively flat over that timeframe. Population growth has been slower than in other regional counties, and Ulster has experienced the largest declines in under-40 population, knows as the “graying” phenomenon. Passing rates on fourth-grade tests are lower than state rates, and rates of child abuse and neglect have increased faster than other counties in the region.
The overviews and data presented in this report serve to highlight positive characteristics that Ulster County continues to develop, as well as note the challenges that the community faces, in hopes of helping the community set a firm foundation for continued growth.