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New Paltz, 8 Mile Radius Menu
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ocated in the heart of the Hudson Valley, New Paltz is a very singular combination of natural beauty, geography, business, institutions, history and people come together to forge an identity and an experience of distinction.

New Paltz can be said to be a college town, but it's so much more besides. While growing into the modern age led by SUNY New Paltz, they've kept their feet firmly planted in the natural surroundings and continually nurtured their cultural and historic roots. They value their small town and actively support their arts, culture, historic sites and the very special landscape they call home.

Despite the tribulations of overcrowded weekends, snarled traffic and the continual parade of strangers, New Paltz welcomes you as a visitor. They want to share what they have discovered and help you enjoy your visit; for an hour, a weekend or more.

But be prepared to linger, to walk the streets and visit the shops, enjoy a leisurely break at one of their bistros or cafes, stroll their centuries old historic district, ramble through their landscape, climb their world class rock faces and stay at a local B&B. Once bitten, you'll never be able to forget your visit. You'll come back again and again...

A vibrant business community, New Paltz is based on two very distinct industries; the college and the landscape. Every year over 7,000 students flock into New Paltz and fill the halls of SUNY New Paltz. SUNY offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in an array of disciplines as well as hosting an ongoing series of gallery shows, performances, festivals and lectures of interest to both the broadly based population as well as the specialized investigator.

Throughout New Paltz you will find just those types of businesses you would expect catering to the college crowd. There are bistros, contemporary boutiques, New Age bookstores, classic pubs and specialty shops galore. Got a hankering for the best pizza in the Valley? You'll find it in New Paltz. On a quest for a special crystal to center your psyche? It's waiting for you to discover right on Main Street. In search of the latest in fashion statements? There are shops eager to help you to find your new style.

New Paltz started as an agricultural settlement in 1678 and has never wandered far from its roots. On all sides New Paltz is surrounded by lush farmlands, cultivated for centuries producing an abundant harvest of produce and products. Farm stands and U-Pick farms can be found and each invites you to come and enjoy a day in the sunshine tasting and sampling their crops. Just south of New Paltz in Gardiner is a honey farm with an open invitation for you. And New Paltz lies in the heart of the wine country of the Mid-Hudson Valley boasting several of the most important wineries and vineyards in the region. All are open to the public offering tours and tastings of their special products.


New Paltz wants you to come and browse its stores and shops. You are welcome to wander around and poke into the corners, ask questions, get advice and learn about things. Stop and talk to the owners, they want to share with you the secrets they have learned.


The other side of the business community are the many shops, stores and services focused on the splendid geography and natural surroundings of New Paltz. Bordered on our western flank by over 25,000 acres of forever wild preserves, New Paltz is a world focus of rock climbing, hiking, biking and environmental preservation.

The northern reaches of the Shawangunk Ridge are protected by a collection of four systems; Mohonk Mountain House Resort, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Ice Caves Mountain Preserve administered by the Nature Conservancy. Each of these areas has a mission to preserve the landscape and enhancement of the enjoyment by the public. Each has different use policies and entrance fees, so it can become a little confusing.

But all you have to do is inquire of any of the numerous shops and services in New Paltz, they'll be happy to inform you on the lay of the land. No matter your outdoors interests, from hunting to rambling, from hang gliding to cliff climbing, from a restful stroll in the meadows to a vigorous day long hike or cross country ski, it is all available to you in New Paltz.

A main office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, (NYSDEC), is located just off the NYS Thruway exit on South Putt Corners Road. It's well marked and very easy to find, so if you're looking for information on hunting and fishing, make sure to contact them for all the information you need on regulations, license fees, seasons, limits and other relevant information. They are the central source for you.

For more information on visiting the preserves and park lands of the Northern Shawangunks, make sure to read our article on Hiking & Climbing in the New Paltz area. There you will find all the relevant information you need to start your adventure into the splendid and unique environment that surrounds New Paltz.


o come to New Paltz and experience a very special place. It's easy to get to by car or bus. You'll discover a part of the Hudson Valley, unlike any other place in the world, right at your doorstep, waiting for you to enjoy. Once you've visited, you'll never want to leave.
New Paltz 8 Mile Radius Map
This map is not meant as completely accurate representation of the terrain, roads and trails. HV/Net suggests that before you visit you first obtain an accurate map of the area. They are available in many locations throughout the region.
 
2000 Census Data for New Paltz, NY 12561

General Characteristics

#

%

U.S.

Total population

17,435

100.0

100%

Male

8,162

46.8

49.1%

Female

9,273

53.2

50.9%

Median age (years)

30.1

(X)

35.3

Under 5 years

803

4.6

6.8%

18 years and over

14,047

80.6

74.3%

65 years and over

1,823

10.5

12.4%


One race

17,019

97.6

97.6%

White

14,906

85.5

75.1%

Black or African American

859

4.9

12.3%

American Indian and Alaska Native

40

0.2

0.9%

Asian

539

3.1

3.6%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

8

0.0

0.1%

Some other race

667

3.8

5.5%

Two or more races

416

2.4

2.4%


Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

1,182

6.8

12.5%


Average household size

2.39

(X)

2.59

Average family size

3.00

(X)

3.14


Total housing units

6,538

100.0

100.0%

Occupied housing units

6,145

94.0

91.0%

Owner-occupied housing units

3,737

60.8

66.2%

Renter-occupied housing units

2,408

39.2

33.8%

Vacant housing units

393

6.0

9.0%

 

 

 

 

Social Characteristics

#

%

U.S.

Population 25 years and over

9,717

100.0

 

High school graduate or higher

8,529

87.8

80.4%

Bachelor's degree or higher

4,119

42.4

24.4%

Civilian veterans (civilian population 18 years and over)

1,198

8.5

12.7%

Disability status (population 21 to 64 years)

1,602

15.9

19.2%

Foreign born

1,653

9.6

11.1%

Now married (population 15 years and over)

6,291

43.3

54.4%

Speak a language other than English at home (5 years and over)

2,251

13.7

17.9%

 

 

 

 

Economic Characteristics

#

%

U.S.

In labor force (population 16 years and over)

9,164

63.7

63.9%

Mean travel time to work in minutes (population 16 years and older)

26.6

(X)

25.5

Median household income (dollars)

43,110

(X)

41,994

Median family income (dollars)

57,111

(X)

50,046

Per capita income (dollars)

19,988

(X)

21,587

Families below poverty level

201

5.7

9.2%

Individuals below poverty level

2,394

16.1

12.4%

 

 

 

 

Housing Characteristics

#

%

U.S.

Single-family owner-occupied homes

2,791

100.0

 

Median value (dollars)

135,400

(X)

119,600

Median of selected monthly owner costs

(X)

(X)

 

With a mortgage

1,408

(X)

1,088

Not mortgaged

485

(X)

295

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