Highland, New York

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Highland, New York

Introduction to Highland, New York

Highland, New York, in Ulster county, is 34 miles NW of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 67 miles N of New York, New York. The town has a population of 5,060.

Highland History

Highland, which is a hamlet in Ulster County, was founded in 1683 and was originally known as "Esopus". The person who began trading in the area was Thomas Chambers, who purchased land in present day Ulster County in 1652. The county was named after the Irish province of Ulster.

Highland and Nearby Attractions

  • Hyde Park Historical Society Museum
  • Woodcliff Pleasure Park
  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
  • Washington Headquarters Monument

Things To Do In Highland

Museums near Highland include the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Museum, and Hyde Park Historical Society Museum. Storm King State Park, Hudson Highlands State Park, Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, and James Baird State Park are popular parks that offer facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking. Opportunities to play golf are available at the McCann Memorial Golf Course, Vassar Golf Course, Apple Greens Golf Course-East Course, and College Hill Golf Course.

Highland Transportation

Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.

Highland Higher Education

Colleges close to Highland are Marist College, Culinary Institute of America, and Dutchess Community College.

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High Points

Highland strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

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Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 19% Highland Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Highland, New York

Comparing Highland to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Age of the Population 7 6
Racial Diversity 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 4
Portion of People Married 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
People Above Poverty 7 6
College Educated Adults 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 7 5
Working at Home 6 5
Short Commute Times 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
People Living Alone 6 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 5

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Highland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles N of New York, New York
County Ulster
Standard Zip Codes 12528
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.72
Longitude -73.96

Highland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station WALDEN 1 ESE
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
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Highland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,060 100%
Male 2,319 45.8%
Female 2,741 54.2%
Under 18 1,156 22.8%
18+ 3,904 77.2%
65+ 944 18.7%
Median Age 38.5
Average Family Size 3.05
White 4,563 90.2%
African-American 227 4.5%
Asian 73 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 90 1.8%
Mixed Race 100 2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 290 5.7%

Highland Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 36%
German 12.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
Irish 11.9%
English 5.6%
Polish 3.6%
French (except Basque) 3.4%
US/American 2.5%
Dutch 1.6%
French Canadian 1.2%
Scottish 1.2%
Greek 1%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
European 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
African 0.5%
Jamaican 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Croatian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highland 5,060 $60,938
Arlington 12,481 $56,183
Clintondale 1,424 $55,074
Hyde Park 20,851 $58,047
New Paltz 6,034 $51,186
Pleasant Valley 1,839 $57,888
Poughkeepsie 29,871 $35,779
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