Kingston Metro Area

Comprising Ulster County, in the Mid-Hudson Valley, the Kingston metropolitan area has a population of 182,000. Employment had been essentially flat in the years leading up to the pandemic and has remained about 5 percent below pre-pandemic levels during 2022. The professional and business services industry has been the main driver of job growth in recent years, and the leisure and hospitality sector has also outperformed somewhat, 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. In contrast, the health and education sector has seen the steepest job losses since the start of the pandemic.

Economic and Demographic Trends
Kingston Orange-Rockland-Westchester* Dutchess-Putnam* New York State USA
Population1 182,000 1,744,000 394,000 20,201,000 331,449,000
Pop growth, 10-year change1 -0.4% 6.8% -0.9% 4.2% 7.4%
GDP, billions1 $8 $125 $19 $1,725 $20,894
Job growth, 5-year change2 -7.2% -4.1% -5.6% -4.1% 1.2%
Median household income1 $64,100 $82,000 $81,900 $72,600 $67,000
Median home price1 $220,000 $350,000 $320,000 $350,000 $250,000
Pop share age 25+ with BA+1 31.6% 38.8% 41.8% 39.4% 35.1%

1 2020

2 2021

* 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, Moody's, or directly from source.

Reports & Analysis
Regional Employment Trends (September 8, 2023)
LSE Blog: Businesses Want Remote Work, Just Not as Much (August 23, 2023)
Press Briefing: The Region’s Recovery from the Pandemic Recession (April 13, 2023)
LSE Blog: The Tri-State Region’s Recovery from the Pandemic Recession Three Years On (April 13, 2023)
Richard Deitz's Briefing on Regional Economic Conditions (March 7, 2023, New York State)
Press Briefing: Employment and Housing Conditions in the Second District (Nov 10, 2022)
A Look at the New York-Northern New Jersey Region’s Pandemic Housing Boom (Nov 10, 2022)
Jaison Abel's Briefing on Economic Conditions in the Region (Nov 5, 2021)
Severe Supply Disruptions Are Impeding Business Activity in the Region (Oct 21, 2021)
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