Land area: 130.7 sq mi. Water area: 3.1 sq mi. Founded: 1906. Population in 2014: Population in 2010: 13,157. Population change since 2000: +2.1% Population density: 101 people per square mile. County seat: Kingston. Colleges and Universities: Ulster County Community College, State University of New York at New Paltz, Orange County Community College, Marist College, Culinary Institute of America, Mount Saint Mary College, Dutchess Community College
Wawarsing is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 13,157 at the 2010 census. The name means "a place where the stream bends" in the Warwarsink language and refers to the geography of the land; particularly the joining of the Ver Nooy Kill and the Rondout Creek. The Town of Wawarsing is in the western part of the county. The southern and eastern-most portions are on the Shawangunk Ridge. Most of the hilly town is in the Appalachian foot-hills, while the northernmost part is in the Catskills. It has three State Forests (Shawangunk Ridge, VerNooykill, and Witches Hole), as well as most of Minnewaska State Park and Sam's Point Preserve, and portions of the Catskill Preserve and Sundown State Park. US 209 crosses the town, passing through many principal communities: Spring Glen, Laurenkill, Ellenville, Napanoch, the hamlet of Wawarsing, Soccanissing, and Kerhonkson. US 44 begins at a junction with 209 near the east town line. N.Y. Route 52 runs east-west near the southern border. All three roads are part of the Shawangunk Ridge National Scenic Byway. Wawarsing is located above a leak in the underground Delaware Aqueduct, part of the New York City water supply system, which has caused subsidence and seepage problems affecting over 50 homes in the area, as well as contamination of drinking water.
Average Commute time is 28 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
75.03% White 12.45% African American 0.52% Native American 1.17% Asian 0.01% Pacific Islander 7.76% from other races 3.06% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.05% of the population.
Median resident age: 40.1 years New York median age: 40.7 years
Average household size:
Wawarsing: 2.5 people New York: 2.6 people
Estimated median household income in 2013:
Wawarsing: $49,258 (it was $35,872 in 2000) New York: $57,369
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013:
Wawarsing: $169,313 (it was $86,400 in 2000) New York: $277,600
Air pollution in Wawarsing:
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 48.9. This is significantly better than average. Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 22.9. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.8 miles away from the city center. Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0178. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 18.8 miles away from the city center.
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here: 4.8% New York: 4.8%
The overall crime rate in Napanoch is 67% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 2.65 daily crimes that occur in Napanoch. Napanoch is safer than 81% of the cities in the United States. In Napanoch you have a 1 in 104 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Napanoch has decreased by 65%.