Ulster County is already considered a desirable destination for city dwellers to escape from their urban environment in order to find some fresh air. Forever wild land comprises a good percentage of property found in the county. So it comes as no surprise that the American Lung Association gave Ulster County a passing grade for air quality based on ozone levels in their 2011 State of the Air report.
Ulster County actually was the only county in the Hudson Valley that received a passing grade for air quality. Ulster County recorded only 3 days in the category of ‘unhealthy for sensitive populations’ and no days categorized as ‘unhealthy’ or ‘very unhealthy’. More than 10 days during the year were categorized as ‘unhealthy for sensitive populations’ in neighboring Dutchess and Orange counties.
This report confirms why Ulster County continues to appeal to downstate residents who want to enjoy a beautiful natural setting and fresh air.