Explore Fulton County, NY

“Prior to the 18th century, the lands that would become Fulton County were used by the Mohawk Indians as hunting and fishing grounds. By the turn of the century, New Englanders and settlers from the Hudson River Valley were looking to expand, hoping to find farmland along the frontier.” – FultonCountyNY.gov

Fulton County boundaries were formed in 1838 when the Montgomery County land area was divided into smaller counties. This was in large part due to the efforts of the Johnstown lawyer Daniel Cady. Fulton is named after inventor Robert Fulton who was a cousin of Cady’s wife.

The Old Tryon County courthouse, later became the Montgomery County courthouse before the border changes to the county before finally becoming the Fulton County Courthouse. The Fulton County Courthouse is New York’s oldest operating courthouse.

Fulton County Quick Facts

Founded in 1838
County seat: Johnstown
Largest city: Gloversville

Area

  • Total 533 sq mi (1,380 km2)
  • Land 495 sq mi (1,280 km2)
  • Water 37 sq mi (100 km2)  7.0%

Population as of the 2020 census was 53,324.

Explore Fulton County

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  • Government

    Fulton County government office information including a directory of cities, towns and villages, county departments, Board of Supervisors, and more.

  • Departments

    Including Board of Supervisors, Board of Elections, Office of the Aging, Fulton County Airport, Motor Vehicles, Social Services, Sheriff, and so much more.

  • Public Health

    Under the direction of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Department of Health, seeks to promote wellness, to protect from disease, to prevent injury/disability, to prepare for emerging illness/disease and to assist Fulton County residents in attaining and maintaining optimal health.

    Fulton County COVID-19 Information

  • Frequently asked questions

    Visit the county’s “How do I?” page for frequently asked questions regarding government services and agencies

  • Fulton Montgomery Community College

    Fulton-Montgomery Community College is located on 195 acres in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley. It is located between Albany and Utica, NY. With over 35 degree and certificate programs, FM is dedicated to providing students with a quality education in an environment that nurtures success.

  • Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce

    The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice in business and tourism development, providing its members with resources to enhance their organizations and our local communities.