Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Catskill Mountains, Delhi offers so much to visitors, locals and businesses alike. The area is anchored by the quaint college town feel of the bustling Main Street in the village of Delhi, while also offering the magnificent splendor of our agricultural landscapes and fantastic surrounding towns.
Located in the largest of all the counties in the Catskill region, the greater Delhi area is the political and cultural center of Delaware County, New York. With a diverse population of full-time residents, an extremely healthy second home owner community and approximately 2800 college students attending SUNY Delhi, the Delhi area is brimming with passionate and active community members committed to economic growth while maintaining the pristine beauty of our area.
The village of Delhi, located at the center of the town of Delhi, sits on the West Branch of the Delaware River, at the junction of Routes 10 and 28. It’s population of about 5,000 is comprised of an eclectic mix of people with deep roots in the community to new transplants escaping urban lives, featuring a diversity of occupations including farming, manufacturing, artists, health-care, technology, education, and more. The village of Delhi is the region’s liveliest gathering place and includes a well-kept three-block Main Street with a variety of stores, restaurants and cafes. Here you can browse eclectic galleries, antique shops, an artisan guild featuring local talent, and more.
At one time, Delaware county was the largest producer of dairy products of any county in the U.S. Today, in Delhi and the neighboring towns like Franklin, Hamden and Walton, the number of working dairy farms is much less, but the verdant valleys and pastures that fueled the industry still exist and are powerful attractions for both tourists and new transplants, looking to get away from the more congested urban areas. People are drawn to the area’s year-round outdoor beauty and recreational activities, as well as it’s rich arts and culture offerings. Whether it is live, original music, world-class theater or thought-provoking and inspiring fine art, it is within arms-reach. In fact, it was Delhi’s vibrant Main Street, extensive outdoor activities and arts that helped Delhi secure sixth place in Budget Travel’s 2015 list of “America’s Coolest Small Towns”. Because of all of this, and the fact that Delhi is within relatively easy reach of New York City, many New Yorkers see it as an attractive location for second homes. And with the advent of high speed internet, many ex-urbanites make Delhi their permanent home and telecommute to jobs anchored in NYC.
With a population of approximately 3,000, the Village of Delhi nearly doubles in population each fall when students arrive to attend college at SUNY Delhi, part of the renowned State University of NY system for higher education. The college campus is located on 625 acres just outside the village off Main street. Already highly regarded as a 2 year college it is expanding its 4 year programs that currently include Nursing, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Technology and Golf and Turf Management programs. Sony Delhi is also home to the Catskill Mountain Music Festival.
Heading west on Route 28 lies the city of Oneonta, NY with approximately 13,000 people. Oneonta is home to two college campuses: SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, which combine to bring over 7,000 students to the city. Delhi residents take advantage of Oneonta’s amenities, which include the Southside Mall and Cinemas, the Holiday Lanes bowling alley, and a bustling main street full of restaurants and shops.