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Overview

Introduction to Poughkeepsie, New York

The county seat of Dutchess County, New York, is the Hudson River Valley city of Poughkeepsie. The city is nestled halfway between New York City (to the south) and Albany (to the north), roughly 82 miles from each. Major highways serving Poughkeepsie are U.S. Route 9, U.S. Route 44, and N.Y. State Highway 55.

Settled in the late 1600s by the Dutch, Poughkeepsie was first organized as a town in 1788. It was in this year that the U.S. Constitution was ratified there by the state of New York, as Poughkeepsie was serving at that time as the temporary state capital. In 1799, the city of Poughkeepsie was taken off the town of the same name and organized separately as a village, later to become incorporated (in 1854) as a city. The city's name is derived from the phonetic translation of an Algonquian Indian term variously interpreted as meaning "waterfall", "pleasant harbor", or "campsite by small water". The Town of Poughkeepsie is home to several colleges, including Vassar College, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College.

Arts and Culture in the Poughkeepsie Area

In the early to mid-20th century, famous families such as the Astors, Rogers, and Vanderbilts built seasonal retreats in the Poughkeepsie area, many of which today are open to the public as historic sites. Located in Poughkeepsie itself are the Locust Grove (former home of inventor Samuel F. B. Morse) and Clinton House (named for George Clinton, New York’s first governor). Nearby Hyde Park is home to the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and the Vanderbilt Mansion.

Other cultural sites located in Poughkeepsie include the following:

  • Bardavon Opera House: Home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic
  • Glebe House: A 1767 house restored to represent a late 18th-century home
  • Maple Grove: Built in 1850 by banker Charles Al Macy
  • Poughkeepsie Post Office: A National Historic Landmark
  • Frances Lehman Loeb Art Museum: Located at Vassar College
  • Springside National Historic Site
  • Mill Street Loft
  • Barrett Art Center

Nearby cultural sites include:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (Hyde Park)
  • Bannerman Castle (Fishkill): A Scottish-style castle on the Hudson River features a two-hour cruise around Bannerman Island.
  • Clermont State Historic Site
  • Hyde Park Railroad Station
  • Mount Gulian Historic Site (Beacon)
  • Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum
  • Sports Museum of Dutchess County (Wappingers Falls)
  • The Howland Cultural Center (Beacon)

Sports are abundant in the greater metropolitan New York City area, which can be reached in about 90 minutes by car. Some of the Major League New York area sports teams include: Major League Baseball's Mets (Queens) and Yankees (Bronx), the National Football League's Giants and Jets (both play at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, New Jersey), the National Basketball Association's N.Y. Knicks (Manhattan) and New Jersey Nets (Meadowlands Sports Complex), the National Hockey League's N.Y. Islanders (Uniondale), N.Y. Rangers (Manhattan), and New Jersey Devils (Meadowlands Sports Complex), the Women's National Basketball Association's New York Liberty (Manhattan), Major League Lacrosse's Long Island Lizards (Uniondale), and Major League Soccer's Red Bull New York (formerly the Metrostars) who play at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,505
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+13,771
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married32.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.6%
Median Earnings25+$31,007
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,668
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,708

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,868
% Above Poverty Level77.6%
% Below Poverty Level22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.3%
% Using Public Transportation9.7%

Housing

People Living Alone38.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,095
Median House Value$190,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43%
Irish12.4%
Italian11.8%
West Indian9%
German7.3%
Jamaican6.8%
English4.1%
Polish2.9%
African1.7%
French Except Basque1.5%
Dutch1.5%
Arab1.3%
Trinidad Tobago1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Ukrainian0.9%
Greek0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Russian0.7%
British0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Guyanese0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Czech0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Poughkeepsie Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dutchess County
Standard Zip Codes12601, 12603
P.O. Box Zip Codes12602
Company Zip Codes12604
Phone Area Codes845,914
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.69
Approximate Longitude-73.92

Poughkeepsie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPOUGHKEEPSIE
Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp15 to 34 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip44.1 inches
StationMOHONK LAKE
Distance12.7 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp44 to 60 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationSTORMVILLE
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arlington3,765$77,773
Clintondale1,657$120,179
Marlboro3,636$80,938

Poughkeepsie Public Libraries

Greater Poughkeepsie Library District
93 MARKET STREET
Poughkeepsie, New York
(845) 485-3445
Lagrange Association Library
488 FREEDOM PLAINS ROAD
Poughkeepsie, New York
(845) 452-3141

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Poughkeepsie Hospitals

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
(Non-profit)
45 Reade Pl
(845) 437-3073
Mid-hudson Valley Division Of Westchester Medical Center
241 North Road

Poughkeepsie Public Schools

Columbus School
12 S Perry St
ZIP: 12601
(845) 451-4630
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Dutchess Boces
5 Boces Rd
ZIP: 12601
(845) 486-4800
Other
Total Enrollment 422
Gov George Clinton School
100 Montgomery St
ZIP: 12601
(845) 451-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Morse Young Magnet School
101 Mansion St
ZIP: 12601
(845) 451-4690
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Nassau School
7 Nassau Rd
ZIP: 12601
(845) 463-7843
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Oak Grove Elementary School
40 Kerr Rd
ZIP: 12601
(845) 298-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Violet Avenue School
191 Violet Ave
ZIP: 12601
(845) 486-4499
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Warring Magnet Academy Of Science And Technology
283 Mansion St
ZIP: 12601
(845) 451-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Arlington Middle School
601 Dutchess Tpke
ZIP: 12603
(845) 486-4480
Arthur S May School
601 Dutchess Turnpike
ZIP: 12603
(845) 486-4960
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
G W Krieger School
265 Hooker Ave
ZIP: 12603
(845) 451-4660
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Hagan School
42 Hagan Dr
ZIP: 12603
(845) 463-7840
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Kinry Road Elementary School
58 Kinry Rd
ZIP: 12603
(845) 463-7322
Middle
Total Enrollment 361
Noxon Road Elementary School
4 Old Noxon Rd
ZIP: 12603
(845) 486-4950
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Orchard View Alternative High School
174 Vassar Rd
ZIP: 12603
(845) 298-5000
High
Total Enrollment 68
Orville A Todd Middle School
11 Croft Rd
ZIP: 12603
(845) 463-7830
Middle
Total Enrollment 333
Overlook Primary School
11 Mapleview Rd Ext
ZIP: 12603
(845) 486-4970
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Poughkeepsie High School
70 Forbus St
ZIP: 12603
(845) 451-4850
High
Total Enrollment 1140
Poughkeepsie Middle School
55 College Ave
ZIP: 12603
(845) 451-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 967
Spackenkill High School
112 Spackenkill Rd
ZIP: 12603
(845) 463-7810
High
Total Enrollment 547
Titusville Intermediate
128 Meadow Ln
ZIP: 12603
(845) 486-4470
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Vassar Road Elementary School
174 Vassar Rd
ZIP: 12603
(845) 463-7860
Primary
Total Enrollment 322

Poughkeepsie Private Schools

Abilities First
230 North Rd
ZIP: 12601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 82
St Peter School
12 Father Cody Dr
ZIP: 12601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 173
Tabernacle Christian Academy
155 Academy St
ZIP: 12601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 111
Faith Christian Academy
254 Spackenkill Rd
ZIP: 12603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 236
Hawk Meadow Montessori School
488 Freedom Plains Rd Ste 141
ZIP: 12603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Holy Trinity School
20 Springside Ave
ZIP: 12603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
Oakwood Friends School
22 Spackenkill Rd
ZIP: 12603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 135
Our Lady Of Lourdes High School
131 Boardman Rd
ZIP: 12603
Secondary
Total Enrollment 690
Poughkeepsie Day School
260 Boardman Rd
ZIP: 12603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 284
Poughkeepsie Seventh-day Adventist Elem School
71 Mitchell Ave
ZIP: 12603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 39
St Martin De Porres School
122 Cedar Valley Rd
ZIP: 12603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 352
Wimpfheimer Nursery School
124 Raymond Ave
ZIP: 12604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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Nelson House c1906.

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Nelson House c1906.

Dormitories (Vassar College) between 1900 and 1910

President's residence (Vassar College) c1904.

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