Introduction to Beacon, New York

Beacon, New York, in Dutchess county, is 27 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut and 52 miles N of New York, New York. The city is included in the Dutchess County metropolitan area.

Beacon History

The modern day city of Beacon was originally settled in by Europeans in 1709. The area was made up of two towns, Matteawan Village and Fishkill Landing. Later, the two villages were combined to form Beacon. It was incorporated in 1913. The place was named after Beacon Mountain. Dia: Beacon, one of the largest contemporary art museums of the world, was opened in Beacon in the late 1990s.

Beacon and nearby Attractions

  • Hudson Highlands State Park
  • Mount Gulian Historic Site
  • Dia:Beacon
  • Madam Brett Homestead
  • Storm King State Park
  • Van Wyck Homestead Museum

Things To Do In Beacon

Beacon offers a number of recreational activities both for its residents and visitors. The Memorial Park, Green Street Park, South Ave Park, Riverfront Park, Hudson Highlands State Park, Hammond Field and the Forrestal Park are some of the local parks. The Storm King Art Center, Museum of the Hudson Highlands and West Point Museum are also nearby.

Beacon Transportation

International flights are available from Stewart International Airport.

Beacon Higher Education

The United States Military Academy, Dutchess Community College, the Culinary Institute of America and Rockland Community College offer facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 14,375
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,601
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 37.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.2%
Median Earnings25+ $36,288
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,816
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,926


Median Family Income $81,048
% Above Poverty Level 88.4%
% Below Poverty Level 11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 8.2%


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,082
Median House Value $240,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.2%
Irish 19.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beacon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles N of New York, New York
County Dutchess
Standard Zip Codes 12508
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.504
Longitude -73.97

Beacon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Station WALDEN 1 ESE
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Balmville 2,741 $81,250
New Windsor 25,959 $86,222

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beacon Public Libraries

Howland Public Library
Beacon, New York
(914) 831-1134
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Historic Beacon


The Teller house (Fishkill-on-Hudson) between 1900 and 1910

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The Teller house (Fishkill-on-Hudson) between 1900 and 1910

Matteawan [i.e. Beacon (the Teller House, Fishkill-on-the-Hudson]) c1903.

Mount Beacon Casino and power house (Fishkill-on-the-Hudson) between 1900 and 1910

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