Ulster County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Ulster County, New York has a population of 177,749 people. Of those, 158,042 (89%) are White, 9,646 (5%) are Black, and 10,941 (6%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,633 (or 2% of the 177,749 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Ulster County a population of 174,116 with a demographic that is 90% White, 4% Black, and 6% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 177,749 3,633 174,116
White 158,042 969 157,073
Black 9,646 1,954 7,692
Latino 10,941 1,157 9,784


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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