Why Ulster County?

Situated between the iconic Hudson River and the beautiful Catskill Mountains, Ulster County has beautiful scenery and world-class outdoor recreation. Residents enjoy easy access to the outdoors, close proximity to New York City, and a creative culture steeped in history and the arts.

Besides being a great place to live, Ulster County is also a great place to establish or grow your business. With close proximity to New York City, and easy access to the New York State Thruway and major air-and-rail transportation hubs, Ulster County’s businesses are connected to some of the largest markets in the world. Inexpensive real estate and a lower cost of living give Ulster County’s businesses a competitive advantage, helping them thrive. Whether you’re running a small mom-and-pop operation or serving Fortune 500 clients around the world, Ulster County is the perfect place for your business.

Visit Ulster County Tourism for more information about the area’s many attractions. 

35 mountain peaks

Reaching elevations of more than 3,500 feet.

350 miles of hiking trails

Mountain treks, casual woodland walks and urban greenways.


Rock climbing and mountain biking—plus a growing network of rail trails which will connect to the statewide Empire State Trail.

12 golf courses

including the award-winning Mohonk Golf Course and several public courses.

90 min. from NYC

With direct buses, nearby Amtrak and MetroNorth train services, and easy access to major airports and the N.Y.S. Thruway, getting here couldn’t be easier.


Median sale price of homes in 2016. Compared to $600,000 in Westchester County or $477,500 in Nassau. (click here for source)

Ulster County Office of Economic Development
244 Fair St, 6th Floor
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: (845) 340-3556
Email: oed[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us