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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.


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Median household income
Local
$29,389
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Poughkeepsie demographic reports
Poughkeepsie is on the east bank of the Hudson River.
Temporary state capital during the Revolutionary War
Public transportation: LOOP Bus, Poughkeepsie Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 348. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 11.6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1984 movie, "The Muppets Take Manhattan"
· 1994 movie, "Nobody's Fool"
Well-known residents have included:
· Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor and artist
· Alfred Mosher Butts, inventor of the board game Scrabble
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Oldies & Rock 'n' Roll Festival - July 14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Poughkeepsie web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: James Baird State Park
Poughkeepsie attractions: Clearwater (Hudson River sloop)
Historic sites and museums: Clinton House State Historic Site, Springside National Historic Site, Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Glebe House, Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Colleges and universities: Marist College, Vassar College, Dutchess Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 109
Quotes:
Vassar's campus stretched to a thousand acres with a lake to boot.
-- Vassar College
Carl N. Degler

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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 12601 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

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.

Education

19% of Poughkeepsie residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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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

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Poughkeepsie, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $543.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,229.


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Libraries in Poughkeepsie include Adriance Memorial Library, Arlington Branch Library, Lagrange Library, Maplewood Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Poughkeepsie include Poughkeepsie Journal

TV stations in Poughkeepsie include WTBY.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WRHV.

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Dutchess County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Poughkeepsie political report.

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Poughkeepsie restaurants taking online reservations include The Haymaker Restaurant ... View restaurants

Traffic

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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Hotels in Poughkeepsie include Copper Penny Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotels, Inn at the Falls, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

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Other NY communities named Poughkeepsie:
  �Dutchess County town

NY communities formerly known as Poughkeepsie:
  �Arlington, Dutchess County

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~ Vassar College
Carl N. Degler

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