Population in the Catskills now on the increase
Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting for the Times Union that new census data indicates that each of the five counties of the Catskills — Greene, Schoharie, Delaware, Ulster, and Sullivan — are growing after years of population loss. The five counties were among the top 10 counties for population growth in the state, according to the data, which tracks changes from July 2020 to July 2021. Greene County had the second-largest population gain statewide by percentage, growing 1.3 percent, or by 609 people, led only by Sullivan County, which grew by 1.5 percent. The region’s population had been in decline for at least 10 years. The most dramatic loss was in Schoharie County, which saw its population fall by more than 10 percent during that time. In Greene County, renewed interest in the region has led to economic growth. The county recorded $1.1 billion in sales in 2021, an 18 percent jump from the year before, in large part due to second homeowners permanently relocating to the county as well as a jump in tourism. Six resorts are planning to open in the Catskills this year. Read the full story in the Times Union.