Saturday, March 10, 2018

What You Probably Didn't Know About Hudson

This morning, a reader clued me in to an article that appeared recently in Business Insider: "The US cities with the worst commutes to work." The article posits: "The places with the longest commutes are relatively small, and job opportunities might be limited--so residents drive to larger cities nearby." There's a list of the fifteen American cities with the worst commutes, and, going from bad to worst, Hudson is listed as ninth.

It's hard to imagine what this study is considering to be Hudson, because the population given--56,120-- is 50,000 more than the actual population of Hudson. It has to be more than just the 12534 zip code. The population of all of Columbia County is only about 62,000.


  1. It merits an official correction in the paper.

  2. Having done the. Commute years ago I agree.

    Now however I am tied into my office computer virtually anywhere and work from Hudson. Lots of people do that and go to the city one or two days a week. Hudson - a haven from a corporatized packaged New York City. - now a town with no soul.

  3. That will be the correct population #, after" Eric & co " fill up Hudson with NYC

  4. The actual study is here.

    The study makes it clear that the areas are Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and not cities. The newspaper lost that distinction.

    A CBSA is based around an urban area of 10,000 or more people. The Hudson Urban Cluster has 11,512 and includes Hudson, and a string of settlement along US 9 as far north as Stockport. The other urban cluster in Columbia County is the Valatie Urban Cluster, which includes Valatie, Kinderhook, and Niverville, and 5,336 persons.

    Once a "core" s identified, then its county becomes the Central County of a CBSA. So in this case Columbia County is the Central County of the Hudson Micropolitan Statistical Area. Additional outlying counties can be added based on commuting. For example, If more people who live in Athens worked in Hudson, Greene County could be added to the Hudson Micropolitan Statistical Area.

    The study used cellphone pings to identify a location where it spent most days (presumably where it owner works) and most nights (presumably where it owner resides) and calculated the distance between the two locations.

    The study was trying to identify the relationship between income and commuting distance, and refined its data based on zip codes. Smaller zip codes were excluded, which explains the difference between the population in the study of 56,000 and 62,000 for Columbia County. Zip codes also don't match county boundaries.

    Only 61% of Columbia-resident workers, work in the county. Other county work destinations are Dutchess 9.0%, Albany 8.9%, Rensselaer 4.6%, Berkshire (MA) 4.5%, New York (Manhattan) 3.0%, Greene 2.7%, and Ulster 1.9%.

    While these may not be typical for Hudson residents, it may be typical for persons living in the northern or southern parts of the county.

    This interactive map associated with the study, shows commute distances per zip code. The long commutes are associated particularly with the most rural eastern parts of the county.

  5. No mention of the fact that Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Philadelphia are all within a four hour drive.

    Hudson is the perfect place to sell from.