Introduction to New Paltz, New York

New Paltz, New York, in Ulster county, is 40 miles NW of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 69 miles N of New York, New York.

New Paltz History

Located within the Town of New Paltz, New Paltz is a hamlet in Ulster County. The French Huguenots founded this place in 1678, and the Esopus Wars influenced European migration to the area. Officially incorporated in 1887, the community was named in honor of Pfalz in Germany.

New Paltz and Nearby Attractions

  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve
  • Hasbrouck House
  • Splashdown
  • Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
  • Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
  • Huguenot Street

Things To Do In New Paltz

The Ulster County Fair and St. Joseph's Festa is celebrated in July, while the Hudson Valley Rib Festival is celebrated in August. Festivities of Old New Paltz Day are held in September. Splashdown is a water park near New Paltz. The Bevier House Museum, the Trolley Museum of New York, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and the Hasbrouck House are museums not far from the village. Situated on the Hudson River, Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park provides recreational provisions for boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. It also has picnic and camping areas.

New Paltz Transportation

Air transportation is available at Stewart International Airport.

New Paltz Higher Education

SUNY New Paltz is the local college. Marist College, Dutchess Community College, and Vassar College are located near New Paltz.


Total Population 14,193
Male Share of the Population 43.3%
Female Share of the Population 56.7%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,287
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 30.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $92,669
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 19.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,102
Median House Value $297,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.1%
Irish 18.2%

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

New Paltz Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles NW of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles N of New York, New York
County Ulster
Standard Zip Codes 12561
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.747
Longitude -74.087

New Paltz Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 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 14.3 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
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clintondale 1,391 $108,333
Gardiner 5,708 $95,282
High Falls 905 $0
Highland 2,414 $54,813

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

New Paltz Public Libraries

Elting Memorial Library
New Paltz, New York
(845) 255-5030

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