Ulster, New York

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Ulster is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 12,544 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Ulster is in the northeast part of the county. The town is directly north of the City of Kingston. Ulster borders the Catskill Park.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and U.S. Route 9W pass through the western part of the town. US Route 209 crosses the Hudson River from the east side of the town.



The Town of Ulster was established in 1879 from part of the Town of Kingston. The name Ulster originally comes from the Province of Ulster in the north of Ireland.

On November 8, 2005, the Town of Ulster Elected Nicky B. Woerner as the youngest town supervisor in New York State history (age 21) and elected the first Democratic Town Board in the town's 125 year history.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.9 square miles (74.8 km²), of which, 26.8 square miles (69.4 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it (7.20%) is water.

The east town line is formed by the Hudson River, and the south part of the town borders the City of Kingston.

Esopus Creek flows northward through the center of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,544 people, 4,850 households, and 3,278 families residing in the town. The population density was 468.1 people per square mile (180.7/km²). There were 5,239 housing units at an average density of 195.5/sq mi (75.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.44% White, 2.89% African American, .17% Native American, 1.56% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.45% of the population.

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