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High Falls, New York
Buildings in the High Falls Historic District
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Ulster
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
161 ft (49 m)
 • Total 627
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 845 Exchange: 687
FIPS code 36-34451
GNIS feature ID 0952733

High Falls is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 627 at the 2010 census.

Portions of High Falls are located in the towns of Marbletown, Rosendale, and Rochester.


The High Falls Historic District and Lock Tender's House and Canal Store Ruin are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


High Falls is located at 41°49′37″N 74°7′20″W / 41.82694°N 74.12222°W / 41.82694; -74.12222 (41.826892, -74.122151).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.

In addition to Marbletown and Rosendale, a small portion of High Falls falls within the town of Rochester.


At the 2000 census there were 627 people, 271 households, and 169 families in the CDP. The population density was 524.4 per square mile (201.7/km2). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 251.7/sq mi (96.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.90% White, 2.71% African American, 0.32% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.83%.

Of the 271 households 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 33.6% of households were one person and 10.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 22.5% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% 65 or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.

The median household income was $35,735 and the median family income was $52,895. Males had a median income of $31,339 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,781. About 12.1% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Popular culture

The 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series season 4 episode "Unidentified Flying Leonardo" is set in High Falls.

Part of the 1961 movie Splendor in the Grass starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty was filmed at the waterfalls in the hamlet.

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