Ulster County, NY

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Population

180,129

0.208% decline

Median Age

43.6


Median Household Income

$61,652

2.08% growth

Poverty Rate

13.2%


Number of Employees

86,552

1.02% growth

Median Property Value

$221,600

0.819% growth

About

In 2017, Ulster County, NY had a population of 180k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $61,652. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ulster County, NY declined from 180,505 to 180,129, a -0.208% decrease and its median household income grew from $60,393 to $61,652, a 2.08% increase.

The population of Ulster County, NY is 79.8% White Alone, 9.83% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.17% Black or African American Alone. 11.6% of the people in Ulster County, NY speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ulster County, NY are State University of New York at New Paltz (2,334 degrees awarded in 2016), Ulster County Community College (467 degrees), and Ulster BOCES School of Practical Nursing (73 degrees).

The median property value in Ulster County, NY is $221,600, and the homeownership rate is 69.4%. Most people in Ulster County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Ulster County, NY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Ulster County, NY employs 86.6k people. The largest industries in Ulster County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,085 people), Educational Services (11,061 people), and Retail Trade (10,617 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($81,898), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,389), and Public Administration ($61,531).

Median household income in Ulster County, NY is $61,652. Males in Ulster County, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,246. The income inequality in Ulster County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,652

2017 value

± $1,401

2.08%

1 Year Growth

± 3.1%

Households in Ulster County, NY have a median annual income of $61,652, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,393 in 2016, which represents a 2.08% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,804

Average Male Salary

± $1,164

$59,246

Average Female Salary

± $829

In 2017, full-time male employees in Ulster County, NY made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Ulster County, NY by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $65,105 ± $849

  2. Asian

    $62,456 ± $2,350

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,207 ± $3,026

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Ulster County, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ulster County, NY is from New York.

0.499

2017 Wage GINI

0.497

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.362% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9533

  2. Census Tract 9544

  3. Census Tract 9542

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ulster County, NY was Census Tract 9533 with a value of $91,172, followed by Census Tract 9544 and Census Tract 9542, with respective values of $87,222 and $83,182.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ulster County, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ulster County, NY (22.7k out of 172k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    16,956 ± 954

  2. Hispanic

    4,097 ± 437

  3. Black

    2,717 ± 390

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ulster County, NY is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

86.6k

2017 Value

± 1,945

1.02%

1 Year growth

± 3.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ulster County, NY grew at a rate of 1.02%, from 85.7k employees to 86.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ulster County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,919 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,478 people), and Management Occupations (8,469 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ulster County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ulster County, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,919 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,478 people), and Management Occupations (8,469 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ulster County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.51 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.47 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ulster County, NY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,685), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($71,677), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,736).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

86.6k

2017 Value

± 1,945

1.02%

1 Year growth

± 3.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ulster County, NY grew at a rate of 1.02%, from 85.7k employees to 86.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ulster County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,085 people), Educational Services (11,061 people), and Retail Trade (10,617 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ulster County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Ulster County, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ulster County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,085 people), Educational Services (11,061 people), and Retail Trade (10,617 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ulster County, NY has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.38 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.26 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ulster County, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($81,898), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,389), and Public Administration ($61,531).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New York products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.1% of the population of Ulster County, NY has health coverage, with 49.4% on employee plans, 16.7% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 0.791% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ulster County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Ulster County, NY see 1386 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.02% decrease from the previous year (1444 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1600 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 314 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1386 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Ulster County, NY see an average of 1386 patients per year. This represents a 4.02% decrease from the previous year (1444 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ulster County, NY in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.94%

Uninsured

49.4%

Employer Coverage

16.7%

Medicaid

14.4%

Medicare

11.8%

Non-Group

0.791%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ulster County, NY declined by 16.9% from 8.36% to 6.94%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ulster County, NY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New York by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ulster County, NY is home to a population of 180k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.76% of Ulster County, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Ulster County, NY is composed of 144k White Alone residents (79.8%), 17.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.83%), 9.32k Black or African American Alone residents (5.17%), 4.79k Two or More Races residents (2.66%), 3.8k Asian Alone residents (2.11%), 499 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.277%), 123 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0683%), and 102 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0566%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ulster County, NY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (9,863 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (1,810 speakers), and Italian (1,133 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ulster County, NY was 43.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Ulster County, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ulster County, NY residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.76%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.61%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.76% of Ulster County, NY residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ulster County, NY was 7.61%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,406 ± 17,230 people

  2. China

    402,542 ± 15,418 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,917 ± 11,952 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Ulster County, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,406 Ulster County, NY residents, followed by China with 402,542 and Jamaica with 239,917.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Ulster County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ulster County, NY was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    144k ± 139

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    17.7k ± 1.19k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    9.32k ± 478

In 2017, there were 8.12 times more White Alone residents (144k people) in Ulster County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 17.7k Hispanic or Latino and 9.32k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ulster County, NY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    9,863 speakers (5.7%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    1,810 speakers (1.05%)

  3. Italian

    1,133 speakers (0.655%)

11.6% of Ulster County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Ulster County, NY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 5.7% of the overall population of Ulster County, NY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.05% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.655% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,490 ± 296

  2. Korea

    1,250 ± 192

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,002 ± 253

Ulster County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ulster County, NY awarded 2,874 degrees. The student population of Ulster County, NY is skewed towards women, with 4,457 male students and 6,672 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ulster County, NY are White (1,889 and 70.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (348 and 13%), Black or African American (159 and 5.96%), and Unknown (113 and 4.24%).

The largest universities in Ulster County, NY by number of degrees awarded are State University of New York at New Paltz (2,334 and 81.2%), Ulster County Community College (467 and 16.2%), and Ulster BOCES School of Practical Nursing (73 and 2.54%).

The most popular majors in Ulster County, NY are General Psychology (182 and 6.33%), General English Language & Literature (139 and 4.84%), and Sociology (119 and 4.14%).

The median tuition costs in Ulster County, NY are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,470 and $16,320 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 176 degrees awarded

  2. 126 degrees awarded

  3. 119 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ulster County, NY was General Psychology with 176 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Ulster County, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,334 degrees awarded

  2. 467 degrees awarded

  3. 73 degrees awarded

$6,470

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Ulster County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was State University of New York at New Paltz with 2,334 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,101

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,773

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,101 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ulster County, NY, which is 0.621 times less than the 1,773 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Ulster County, NY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,889 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    348 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    159 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ulster County, NY were to White students. These 1,889 degrees mean that there were 5.43 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 348 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ulster County, NY was $221,600 in 2017, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $219,800 to $221,600, a 0.819% increase. The homeownership rate in Ulster County, NY is 69.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ulster County, NY have an average commute time of 26.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ulster County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$61,652

Median Household Income

± $1,401

69.7k

Number of Households

± 1,689

In 2017, the median household income of the 69.7k households in Ulster County, NY grew to $61,652 from the previous year's value of $60,393.

The following chart displays the households in Ulster County, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$221,600

2017 Median

± $3,272

$219,800

2016 Median

± $3,469

In 2017, the median property value in Ulster County, NY grew to to $221,600 from the previous year's value of $219,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ulster County, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ulster County, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ulster County, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ulster County, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

69.4%

2017 Homeownership

69.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.4% of the housing units in Ulster County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ulster County, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ulster County, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ulster County, NY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ulster County, NY have a longer commute time (26.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.9% of the workforce in Ulster County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78%

  2. Carpooled

    7.62%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.44%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ulster County, NY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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