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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,289
Male Share of the Population50.6%
Female Share of the Population49.4%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+6,625
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married38.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33%
Median Earnings25+$36,845
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,364
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,263

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,521
% Above Poverty Level90.1%
% Below Poverty Level9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation8.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,109
Median House Value$244,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.2%
Irish15.7%
Italian15.1%
German10.4%
English6.4%
French Except Basque4.3%
West Indian3.8%
Polish3.6%
African3.1%
Russian2.1%
Jamaican1.9%
Canadian1.7%
Hungarian1.4%
Arab1.3%
Swedish1.2%
Scottish1%
Greek0.9%
Czech0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Trinidad Tobago0.6%
Finnish0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Australian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
British0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Beacon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dutchess County
Standard Zip Codes12508
Phone Area Codes845
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.5
Approximate Longitude-73.96

Beacon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGLENHAM
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationWEST POINT
Distance8.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.5 inches
StationWALDEN 1 ESE
Distance10.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Balmville2,954$84,821
Fishkill23,492$98,498
New Windsor26,380$88,844
Newburgh28,406$40,162
Vails Gate3,580$63,225

Beacon Public Libraries

Howland Public Library
313 MAIN STREET
Beacon, New York
(845) 831-1134

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Beacon Public Schools

Beacon High School
101 Matteawan Rd
ZIP: 12508
(845) 838-6900
High
Total Enrollment 924
J V Forrestal Elementary School
125 Liberty St
ZIP: 12508
(845) 838-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
Rombout Middle School
84 Matteawan Rd
ZIP: 12508
(845) 838-6900
Middle
Total Enrollment 695
Sargent School
29 Education Dr
ZIP: 12508
(845) 838-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
South Avenue School
60 South Ave
ZIP: 12508
(845) 838-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 364

Beacon Private Schools

Alpha & Omega School
333 Fishkill Ave
ZIP: 12508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
New Covenant Learning Center
95 Catherine St
ZIP: 12508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Oasis Christian School
7 Delavan Ave
ZIP: 12508
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
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Historic Beacon

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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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