Introduction to Kingston, New York

Kingston is situated on the west bank of the Hudson River in Ulster County. The city has three neighborhoods known as uptown, midtown and downtown. The uptown and the downtown are historic districts. A wide variety of architecture such as Art Deco, Victorian, Greek Revival, Italianate, Neo-Classical and Romanesque are located in the city. The downtown has a prominent artist community and notable art galleries.


The area was originally named Esopus; the name of an Indian tribe and was one of the primary communities in New Netherland. The British took over the Dutch colony and changed the name to Kingston in 1664. It became the first capital of the state of New York in 1777. After the Battle of Saratoga was over, Kingston was set on fire by British soldiers. The fire destroyed most of the buildings and a significant granary.

The city of Rondout which is now part of Kingston, was an important freight center for moving coal from Pennsylvania to New York City. Due to major deposits of bluestone and cement the region was a prime location for quarrying, which began in 1844. The Newark Lime and Cement Company was sending cement all over the country. The brick making industry was thriving and was a significant factor for the economy.


The city is served by the Stewart International and the Albany International Airports.


  • Fred Johnston Museum has an elegant interior and features antique furniture and noteworthy artwork
  • Maritime Museum is dedicated to the maritime history of the Hudson River
  • Old Dutch Church & Museum
  • Senate House Museum is one of the oldest public buildings in the country
  • Trolley Museum
  • Volunteer Fireman's Hall & Museum of Kingston


  • Coykendall Coach Houses
  • Rondout Lighthouse features historic furnishings
  • Van Steenburgh House
  • Henry Sleight House
  • The Historic Kingston Stockade District
  • The old village of Wiltwyck is a National Historic District, featuring numerous unique Pre-Revolutionary stone houses
  • Carnegie Library includes an attractive facade made out of bluestone, taken from local quarries
  • The Old City Hall
  • Ulster Performing Arts Center
  • Montgomery Place Historic Estate is located on a large acreage and is an architectural landmark


The Big Indian Valley, located in the Catskill Mountains is a beautiful location and provides excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, snowshoeing and fishing. The Interpretive Nature Trail includes a wide variety of trees and offers scenic views of the Hudson River. The historic Roundout Walking tour showcases a 19th Century waterfront area named Kingston Landing, which offers different styles of architecture.

The Kingston Heritage Trail provides visitors the opportunity to see notable historic structures. There are a large number of noteworthy art galleries and theaters in the city. A cruise on the Hudson River is popular with tourists. The King Jazz Festival is a prominent event.


Total Population 23,625
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 10,597
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 37.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.1%
Median Earnings25+ $30,141
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,043
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,655


Median Family Income $54,886
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%


People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $1,005
Median House Value $171,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.5%
Irish 17.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kingston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles NW of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles N of New York, New York
County Ulster
Standard Zip Codes 12401
P.O. Box Zip Codes 12402
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.926
Longitude -73.997

Kingston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 13.6 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
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 61 F
Annual Precip 42.5 inches
Station COPAKE
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 59 F
Jul Temp 57 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kingston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Eddyville (12401)

Saint Remy (12401)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hurley 6,225 $89,688
Lake Katrine 2,322 $54,219

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kingston Public Libraries

Kingston Library
Kingston, New York
(845) 339-4260
Library Web Site
Town Of Ulster Public Library
Kingston, New York
(845) 336-5767
Library Web Site

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Kingston Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(845) 338-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(914) 331-3131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Old Tappan house 1906 (est.)

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Old Tappan house 1906 (est.)

Old Senate House 1906 (est.)

Hoffman House c1906.

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