Rifton, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rifton, New York - Basic Facts

The Rifton Census Designated Place had a population of 487 as of July 1, 2015. Rifton ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rifton is located at latitude 41.8287 and longitude -74.0381 in Ulster County. The formal boundaries for the Rifton Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ulster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 180 feet.

The Rifton Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389751) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Rifton Census Designated Place is located within Town of Esopus, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ulster County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rifton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rifton: Arnoldton, Rifton Glen.

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Rifton, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 487
Population in Households 487
Population in Familes 402
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 414
Diversity Index2 26


Total Households 203
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 144
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 238 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 166 (69.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 37 (15.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 35 (14.7%)
Median Home Value $207,778
Average Home Value $224,247


Median Household Income $64,730
Average Household Income $82,536
Per Capita Income $33,775
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.26% 0.97%
Households 1.37% 0.97%
Families 1.38% 0.82%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   2.7%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Rifton, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rifton to the other 1,189 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1031 13th
Population Density1 # 999 16th
Diversity Index2 # 513 57th
Median Household Income # 516 57th
Per Capita Income # 459 61st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New York Census Data Comparison Tool.