Land area: 33.9 sq mi. Water area: 0.4 sq mi. Founded: 1678. Population in 2014: 14,096. Population density: 378.4 inhabitants per square mile. County seat: Kingston. Colleges and Universities: Ulster County Community College, Culinary Institute of America, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, Vassar College, Mount Saint Mary College, Bard College
New Paltz (/?nu? ?p??lts/; locally: [?nup????z]) is a town in Ulster County, New York, USA. The population was 14,003 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the southeastern part of the county and is south of Kingston. New Paltz contains a village also with the name New Paltz. The name of the town is derived from Palz (pronounced: [palts]), the German dialect name of the Rhenish Palatinate, now a region of Germany called "Pfalz" (pronounced: [Pfalts]). Due to the presence of what is now the State University of New York at New Paltz, it has been a college town for over 150 years. The Wallkill River flows northward through New Paltz on its way to join the Rondout Creek, which in turn feeds into the Hudson River. A portion of the Shawangunk Ridge is in the town.
There are n/a airports and n/a Amtrak train stations within 30 miles of the New Paltz city center. The average travel time to work in New Paltz is 16% lower than the national average. The number of people who take public transportation in New Paltz is 66% lower than the national average. The number of people who carpool to work in New Paltz is 43% lower than the national average. The number of people who work from home in New Paltz is 15% lower than the national average.
82.16% White 5.99% Black or African American 0.20% Native American 4.06% Asian 0.05% Pacific Islander 4.93% from other races 2.62% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.22% of the population
Median resident age: 22.2 years New York median age: 38.2 years
Average household size:
New Paltz: 2.2 people New York: 2.6 people
Estimated median household income in 2013:
New Paltz: $38,952 (it was $21,747 in 2000) New York: $57,369
Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments:
New Paltz: $1,160 State: $992
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013:
New Paltz: $260,903 (it was $124,300 in 2000) New York: $277,600
Air pollution in New Paltz:
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 68.6. This is about average. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 2.42. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center. Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 25.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 8.3 miles away from the city center. Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.19. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center. Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0180. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 24.5 miles away from the city center.
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here: 4.8% New York: 4.8%
The overall crime rate in New Paltz is 34% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 5.35 daily crimes that occur in New Paltz. New Paltz is safer than 57% of the cities in the United States. In New Paltz you have a 1 in 52 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in New Paltz has decreased by 7%.