Geography

Sullivan County has a total land area of 1011 square miles, which includes large tracts of forest and farmland and 27 square miles of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Sullivan County is located in southern New York State, framed by the Catskill Mountains and the Upper Delaware River. The County Seat, Monticello, lies 90 miles northwest of New York City on NYS Route 17 (Future I-86). Northern Sullivan County rests within the 106 year-old, 286,000-acre Catskill Park. The 70-mile, Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River lines the county’s western border with Pennsylvania.

Demographics

According to the US Census, Sullivan County’s estimated 2010 full-time population is 76,363 residents—up from 73,966 in 2000—within 29,509 households. The population reaches an estimated 150,000 residents if second home-owners are included. In summer, when other temporary residents and visitors are counted, the population can reach 300,000 at its peak.

Area Highlights

Access to 26 Million People
Sullivan County’s central location puts it within a 100 mile radius of 26 million people. Located just 90 miles from NYC, Sullivan County offers the best of both worlds: convenient access to major metropolitan areas and a relaxed, rural lifestyle.

Upper Delaware River Corridor / Route 97 Scenic Byway
The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is a unique designation by act of Congress and overseen by the National Park Service under its National Wild and Scenic Rivers program. The “Upper Delaware” flows from Hancock in Delaware County to the town of Deer Park in Orange County and is the longest free-flowing (i.e. “undammed”) waterway.

Lining the river’s path is New York State Route 97—the state-designated Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. Both the River and the Byway line Sullivan County’s western border with Pennsylvania, taking in the six towns of Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland and Lumberland, all of which are represented on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). The UDC is charged by the Federal Government with overseeing the Upper Delaware’s River Management Plan, governing land use and environmental protection in the five counties of New York and Pennsylvania that border the river.

See our recent River Corridor initiatives.

Catskill Park
Northern Sullivan County rests within the 106 year-old Catskill Park, featuring 286,000 acres of state-owned “forever wild” land that comprises the Catskill Forest Preserve. Catskill Park is an area that Fodor’s calls, “some of the wildest country south of Maine” and has been designated as “America’s First Wilderness” by Norman J. Van Valkenbergh, along with Adirondack Park.

Catskill Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with 300 miles of marked and maintained trails, and numerous campgrounds, ponds, lakes and mountains to enjoy. Ninety-eight peaks rise above 3,000 feet; all but two of the 35 Catskill High Peaks reside within the Blue Line, a distinction given to mark the boundary of the 700,000 acres (including all public and privately-owned land) that comprise all of Catskill Park as it spans across four counties: Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster.

Hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities.

Transportation

I-86 Access
Sullivan County has a number of commercial sites in close proximity to NYS 17/I-86. These sites hold the promise of larger more sophisticated projects due to their size and location and have the potential for partnerships between the private and public sectors.

Bus Service
Short Line operates eight daily express buses between New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal and Monticello, with connections that include Liberty, South Fallsburg, Roscoe, Livingston Manor, Bethel Woods and the Villa Roma. For more information and schedules

Sullivan County International Airport (MSV)
The County-owned airport boasts a 6,300 foot runway, located approximately five miles west of Monticello in the Town of Bethel and 90 miles northwest of New York City. The facility serves Gulfstream IV aircrafts but can accommodate larger equipment on a reserved basis. For more information, visit the County’s website

Stewart International Airport (SWF)
Located 45 minutes away in Newburgh, NY (Orange County), Stewart offers direct or connecting service by major airlines to any location in the world. In 2007, the Port Authority of NY/NJ committed $500 million in a 10-year capital plan to renovate and expand the facility. For more information and schedules

About Sullivan County

Census Profile

An overview of Sullivan County, NY

Sullivan County Government

Our local government

Meeting Schedule

Current EDC Projects

Reporting Documentation

Site Map

Popular Resources

Relocation Guide

Let us help you make the move for yourself, your employees or the entire company.

GIS Mapping: SCiMAP

View Tax Parcels, Demographics, Landscape features and more on our GIS Map.

Weather

Averages:

Summer July 76.0° F High 81

Winter January 20.5° F Low 12

Annual Precipitation: Rainfall 45 in.

MUNICIPALITIES

TOWNS

Bethel
Callicoon
Cochecton
Delaware
Fallsburg
Forestburgh
Fremont
Highland
Liberty
Lumberland
Mamakating
Neversink
Rockland
Thompson
Tusten

VILLAGES

Bloomingburg (Mamakating)
Jeffersonville (Callicoon)
Liberty (Liberty)
Monticello (Thompson)
Woodridge (Fallsburg)
Wurtsboro (Mamakating)

HAMLETS

Barryville
Bridgeville
Callicoon
Claryville
Eldred
Ferndale
Fosterdale
Fremont Center
Glen Spey
Glen Wild
Grahamsville
Harris
Hasbrouck
Hortonville
Hurleyville
Kauneonga Lake
Kenoza Lake
Kiamesha Lake
Lake Huntington
Livingston Manor
Loch Sheldrake
Long Eddy
Hurleyville
Kenoza Lake
Mongaup Valley
Mountaindale
Narrowsburg
North Branch
Parksville
Pond Eddy
Rock Hill
Roscoe
Smallwood
South Fallsburg
Woodbourne
Youngsville

EDUCATION

PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Eldred Central Schools
Fallsburg Central Schools
Liberty Central Schools
Livingston Manor Central Schools
Monticello Central Schools
Roscoe Central Schools
Sullivan West Central School
Tri-Valley Central School

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Glory to God School (Christian)
Hebrew Day School of Sullivan (Jewish-Orthodox)
The Homestead School, Glenn Spey (Montessori)
St. Peters Regional School, Liberty (Catholic)

HIGHER EDUCATION

Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan)

Off-Campus Courses
Marist College
SUNY New Paltz

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES)

HOSPITALS

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC)
Crystal Run Healthcare