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Poughkeepsie is a city in Dutchess County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives for Algonquian term variously translated as "waterfall" or "pleasant harbor."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Poughkeepsie. For links to other places called Poughkeepsie, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Poughkeepsie is 41.700N. The longitude is -73.921W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 203 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 30,174.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Poughkeepsie demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dutchess County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 12603 ZIP code.
8% of Poughkeepsie residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Poughkeepsie ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Poughkeepsie was $16,759, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Poughkeepsie residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Poughkeepsie include Academy Street Historic District, Balding Avenue Historic District, Dwight - Hooker Avenue Historic District, Garfield Place Historic District, Mill Street-North Clover Street Historic District, Union Street Historic District (Poughkeepsie), Upper Mill Street Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Poughkeepsie, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $543. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,229.
Libraries in Poughkeepsie include Adriance Memorial Library, Arlington Branch Library, Lagrange Library, Maplewood Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Poughkeepsie include Poughkeepsie Journal
TV stations in Poughkeepsie include WTBY.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WRHV.
Dutchess County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Poughkeepsie political report.
Poughkeepsie restaurants taking online reservations include The Haymaker Restaurant ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Poughkeepsie workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 11 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Poughkeepsie between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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