The county seat of New York’s Ulster County, Kingston has a long and storied history—and our REALTORS® want to introduce you! Sitting on 8.7 square miles just 90 miles north of New York City, it’s home to more than 24,000 residents. The first capital of New York, Kingston was a transport hub in the Golden Age of Rail and became famous for cement. These days, it has leapt into the future with a robust economy that blends traditional and modern industries. A commute to NYC by bus is only about 90 minutes.
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Kingston’s population of over 24,000 is grouped into over 10,000 households and 6,000 families. The median household income tops $32,000 yearly, with a median family income of about $41,000. The area has seen growth in both income and employment in recent years. About 73% of the population is white, 14% African-American, less than 1% Native American, and 2% each Asian or other background. The median age is 36 years, in line with New York state.
There are more than 10,000 housing units in Kingston. Although much of the stock is apartment buildings, there are typically 200 or more single family homes to choose from. The median listing price is $235,000, but a trusted local real estate agent can help you find homes running anywhere from $80,000 to well into the millions. Browse the newest real estate listings in Kingston, NY.
Kingston City School District serves the majority of public school students in Kingston. It maintains ten campuses—seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. Kingston High is the alma mater of 2,500 students in grades 9-12 and employs a faculty of 149. It is known for student-produced television and its well-funded arts programs. About 10 percent of the student body is involved in the music program, with two orchestras, a choir, chorus, and nationally award-winning jazz.
From Kingston, prospective college students have any number of world-class options to choose from. Many local students will go on to the big city—more than 100 colleges and universities are found in New York City, enrolling 600,000 students. For those who wish to remain closer to home, SUNY Ulster is the cornerstone of local higher education. Bard College is another popular choice. Find homes for sale in Kingston by school district.
Kingston has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 100 Best Places for Small Business in the United States. Traditional industries like manufacturing, construction, and agriculture remain strong in Ulster County and provide some of the best wages in the region.
United Healthcare—situated in Kingston, is the top employer. Huck International, a structural fastening manufacturer, is also found in Kingston. Smiley Brothers, a hospitality management brand, is a perennial presence across Ulster County. Technology enterprises have been expanding as a percentage of the local economy for several years.
Sitting right on the west bank of the Hudson River, Kingston has nurtured its connection with its history. You can explore parts of the original Dutch settlement in the Stockade District or visit the Rondout–West Strand Historic District for dining, shopping, or a river cruise.
Kingston has its share of outstanding amenities and unique cultural institutions. They include the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Senate House, and the Old Dutch Church—established in 1851 and called The Cathedral of Kingston. Kingston Point Beach is just one of many parks dotted around the city, along with Poets’ Walk and T.R. Gallo Park.
For a city with historic charm and a bright future, Kingston can’t be beat. Coldwell Banker Prime Properties provides you with expert advice and customer service to find the perfect home. Contact us today.
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