Ulster county town bottom of national homebuyers list

I was browsing the news online the other day when I came across a story on newser.com that surprised me a bit. It was an article on the best cities in the country for potential buyers. Rankings were based on value, city beauty, and available jobs. The city at the top of the list is Elkhart, Indiana. This might surprise some people, but that’s not the part that surprised me.

A Hudson Valley town lands bottom of the list

I was more surprised by something I saw at the bottom of the list. Out of 300 cities, Kingston was way down at number 295. What? I love Kingston. Kingston is a city full of history and they have some great historical sites to prove it. It was even the first capital of the State of New York. Kingston’s homes are beautiful and historic. And there are also a lot of great new houses. Of course, like so many in New York cities, housing isn’t super cheap, but it’s not the most expensive either.

And there’s so much to do in Kingston. The live music scene is strong, especially with its proximity to Woodstock, just up the road a few miles away. Kingston also has two busy shopping areas. The Uptown Stockade district and the Rondout district are at the water’s edge. Both areas have great shopping and restaurants. Plus, the Ulster Performing Arts Center is one of the best live music venues around, and it’s right in downtown Kingston. Seems like a nice city to live in my opinion.

Other cities in the Hudson Valley also score poorly

Kingston isn’t the only area in the Hudson Valley to make the bottom of the list. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy area also landed low at number 294. Just above Kingston. The list was compiled by The Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com. I guess I can’t argue with the numbers, but I think there may be a lot more to consider when deciding where to live, and I’d rather live in Kingston, NY than Elkhart, Indiana any day .

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