Kingston Metro Area

Located in Ulster County in the Mid-Hudson Valley, the Kingston metropolitan area has a population of 180,000. Job growth in the area has been steady, but somewhat below the national pace in recent years. Employment in the leisure and hospitality sector has grown faster than overall employment, as the area is within a day trip from New York City and includes part of the Catskill Mountains, with its parks, resorts, and nature activities. The health and education sector has also added jobs to the regional economy, which has helped offset the loss of manufacturing jobs over the past few decades.

Economic and Demographic Trends
Kingston Orange-Rockland-Westchester* Dutchess-Putnam* New York State USA
Population1 179,000 1,675,000 393,000 19,542,000 327,167,000
Pop growth, 10-year change1 -2.5% 3.9% -0.8% 1.7% 7.6%
GDP, billions2 $6 $118 $16 $1,598 $19,485
Job growth, 5-year change1 5.4% 6.7% 4.1% 8.0% 9.3%
Median household income2 $63,000 $83,000 $81,000 $64,000 $60,000
Median home price2 $200,000 $320,000 $285,000 $300,000 $200,000
Pop share age 25+ with BA+2 32.7% 43.0% 35.6% 36.0% 32.0%


1 2018

2 2017

* Neighboring Metros

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; IPUMS USA-University of Minnesota. Data retrieved through American FactFinder, Moody's Economy.com, or directly from source.

Reports & Analysis
Kingston Economic Indicators (detailed data and timely updates)
Early Benchmarked Employment Data (Sep 3, 2020)
Finally, Some Signs of Improvement in the Regional Economy (Jun 16, 2020)
New York Fed Surveys: Business Activity in the Region Sees Historic Plunge in April (Apr 16, 2020)
Businesses in the Tri-State Region Struggling to Weather the Coronavirus Outbreak (Mar 30, 2020)
Kingston Metro Area Household Debt & Credit Snapshot (data in Excel) (Q4 2018)
New York Household Debt & Credit Snapshot (Q4 2018)
Jaison Abel’s January 2020 Briefing on the Regional Economy with a Focus on Central New York
Press Briefing on Economic Conditions in the Region (Dec 17, 2019 Webcast)
Growth Has Slowed across the Region (Dec 17, 2019)
President Williams's Visit to Albany & Hudson Valley (Jul 2019)
New York State's Community Colleges are Successfully Partnering with Employers (Nov 14, 2018)