Community - Overview


Approximately 195 farms exist in Fulton County, producing dairy products, fruit, vegetables, grain crops and livestock. These farms are comprised of 38,762 acres - 24,439 acres which are harvested cropland.

In January, the mean is 19 degrees and in July, 70 degrees.

Residents and tourists enjoy year round events including dramatic theater, library programs, sporting events, historic sites, and an array of musical festivities. Local merchants and businesses sponsor parades, historic exhibits, a bicycle race, children's storytelling, a triathlon, outhouse races on ice, snowmobile competitions, the Fulton County Art Show and Oktoberfest, among other outdoor fairs, festivals and markets.

Numerous savings institutions and commercial banks, many part of state-wide networks, serve consumer and commercial needs. Members include First Niagra Bank, Fulton County Frederal Credit Union, Key Bank and NBT. Also local stock and bond brokers, and financial planning services are readily available, as are the services of several finance companies.

The total civilian labor force is 24,500. Manufacturing accounts for 2,600 jobs.

This 533-square mile area in eastern New York State is midway between Utica and Albany-Schenectady-Troy. North are the Adirondack Mountains and south lies the Mohawk River Valley. Fulton County is within a four-hour drive from all major metropolitan areas in the Northeast.

Fulton County electronic and print mediums include one daily newspaper, two others with Fulton County editions, and several regional, weekly and monthly newspapers serving specific geographic locations and subscribers. Two county radio stations broadcast both AM and FM programs. Two public access television stations are available, and there is a locally owned television station. Cable television subscribers enjoy a myriad of channels.

With convenient access to metropolitan areas, Fulton County residents enjoy the advantages of city life. Nearby is Saratoga Springs, home of the celebrated Saratoga Racetracks and Saratoga Performing Arts Center - summer home of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra. Albany, the capital of New York State, is 35 miles southeast and offers museums, theaters, shopping and more. Baseball fans enjoy the Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, immediately southwest of Fulton County.

Fulton County 2004 figures indicate a population of 55,436.

Fulton County, located north of New York State Thruway (1-90), west of Interstate 87 and northwest of Interstate 88, provides direct linkage to all major population areas in the Northeast. State Routes 30, 30A, 10 and 29 connect the traveler to the interstate highways.

Fulton County Airport provides 24-hour, year-round corporate and leisure service, including overnight parking and inside, heated storage. Aircraft charter flights, flight training and convenient local ground transportation make this airport a popular stop. It is two hours from the nearest city and within an hour's flight time from Boston, New York City and Montreal. Commercial airports and international connections are within one-hour's driving time.

Taxi or limousine service is offered by local firms. Adirondack Trailways and the Gloversville Transit Authority provide local and long-distance bus service. Passenger train service, located within a short driving distance, is available through Amtrak and Conrail handles freight service. The New York State Barge Canal is located within four miles of the county connecting the Hudson River with the Great Lakes.

Gas and electric is provided by National Grid. There are municipal water and sewer facilities in the two major cities.

Almost every denomination is represented in Fulton County with more than 70 places of worship.

Picturesque, down-home, affordable - Fulton County housing offers a wide variety of price ranges, styles and locations to please country dwellers and city lovers. Located just an hour's drive from the Capital District, residents benefit from community living, with city amenities within reach.

An average housing value for a single-family home is $68,000, and rental properties are also available. A basic two-bedroom apartment rents for $450, and local realtors offer privately-owned housing.

There's no limit to the beauty residents and tourists can find in Fulton County's residential properties. Whether you enjoy suburban living in the cities of Johnstown or Gloversville, country dwelling on one of the vast farmlands, or a scenic, quiet lakefront residence overlooking one of our 44 lakes - Fulton County has a place for you.

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