New Paltz is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 7,070 people and three constituent neighborhoods, New Paltz is the 248th largest community in New York.
Housing costs in New Paltz are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New York.
New Paltz is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 91.86% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, New Paltz is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Paltz who work in sales jobs (16.01%), food service (15.60%), and teaching (13.67%).
Of important note, New Paltz is also a village of artists. New Paltz has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape New Paltz’s character.
Also of interest is that New Paltz has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
New Paltz is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped New Paltz to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in New Paltz. 67.27% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in New Paltz in 2010 was $17,968, which is low income relative to New York and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,872 for a family of four. However, New Paltz contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. New Paltz also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.52% of its population below the federal poverty line.
New Paltz is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call New Paltz home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Paltz residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. New Paltz also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.44% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Paltz include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in New Paltz is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.